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Minnesota issues record number of handgun permits, in year of George Floyd's death, pandemic

Anxiety over pandemic, local unrest fuels surge

 

GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com

Kory Krause, owner of Frontiersman Sports, said his St. Louis Park gun store saw a surge in sales due to the pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd's killing.

A record number of Minnesotans received permits to carry a handgun last year, a surge that came in a year that brought anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic slowdown and rioting in the Twin Cities after the police killing of George Floyd.

The state issued 96,554 permits to carry a handgun in 2020, compared with 51,404 permits the year before. Of those who received a permit last year, 80,000 were new and the rest were renewals.

"We've experienced an uptick in the past year in handgun sales, and we've had to tell a lot of people how to get a permit," said Kory Krause, owner of the Frontiersman gun store in St. Louis Park.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-issues-record-number-of-handgun-permits-in-year-of-george-floyd-s-death-pandemic/600029494/

 

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