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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



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.


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