In fact, of the 66,000 gun permits issued last year by 87 county sheriff’s departments throughout the state, 60 percent (40,000) came from first-time gun owners, according to recently released statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
And, the total number of the five-year gun permits jumped last year to the highest amount in five years. The revenue earned by Minnesota from first-time and renewal gun permits amounted to nearly $5.4 million.
The counties with the largest populations in the state were the ones with the most new permits: Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, and Washington counties. Other notable increases were seen in St. Louis County, which spans the largest area with over 6,800 miles, and Wright County.