March 7, 2018

By the end of 2016, the number of concealed carry permits in Minnesota was 265,728 according to the Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. That is a 60% increase from 2015.

Interestingly, Ohio and South Dakota also saw record increases in the number of concealed carry permits issued in 2016.

Nationally, the concealed-carry permit figures have gone ballistic, so to speak, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, which supports gun ownership.
From the 2016 CPRC report:
■ The increase in the number of concealed handgun permits last year set another record, increasing by 1.73 million. That is slightly greater than previous record of 1.69 million set the last year.
■ 6.06% of the total adult population has a permit.
■ In ten states, more than 10% of adults have concealed handgun permits. Indiana has the highest rate — 15%. South Dakota is close behind with 14.7%.
(More recent Census figures and permit numbers at the end of 2016 show it’s 14.9 percent now in South Dakota.)
■ Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over a million residents who are active permit holders.
■ In another 11 states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. Thus the growth in permits does not provide a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.
■ Between 2012 and 2016, in states that provide data by gender, the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.

Why the big increase? Why now?

Political awareness.During 2016, the topic of restricting gun rights was splashed all over the news and media channels because of the presidential debate. As Hillary Clinton talked about taking away people’s gun rights and shutting down the Second Amendment, people began to fear big government control over their civil liberties. If government can take away people’s right to own a gun, what other rights will they take away?

Increasing crime rates.Turn on the nightly news anywhere in the country and in one hour you will likely see at least 1 murder, 1 robbery and lord knows how many other violent crimes reported. Add to that the number of high profile crimes that were reported in 2016.
In 2016, there were 385 mass shootings, the worst of which were:
• Kalamazoo, MI February 25, 2016 6 killed, 2 injured
• Hesston, KS February 25, 2016 3 killed, 14 injured
• Orlando, FL June 12, 2016 50 killed, 53 injured
• Oregon Community College October 2016 10 killed, 7 injured
• Ohio State University November 2016 1 killed, 11 injured

In short, we are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer.

Carrying a firearm has become more accepted as something everyday people engage in.It wasn’t so long ago that the people that carried guns were cops, criminals, hunters or rednecks who liked guns, ammo and the like. Today, men and women from all walks of life and every ethnic nationality are receiving their concealed carry permits and getting training. Protection is the number one reason cited for getting their permit. However, for many, it goes deeper than that. The economic downturn, ISIS terrorist attacks and higher cost of living have eroded people’s confidence in the American Dream. Getting trained to use a firearm gives people a feeling that they are in control of their future, a sense of purpose, and a sense of duty to be the “good guy (or gal)”.

In Minnesota, applications to carry a firearm must be made to a citizen’s local sheriff’s office. Applicants must provide proof of approved firearms training. Sheriffs then conduct criminal background checks to determine any history that may require an application be denied. Anyone denied a permit has the right to appeal.

To find out more about Minnesota concealed carry permitting and training, visit us at http://www.nationalcarryacademy.com