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Minnesota gun carry permits surpass 200,000


The number of Minnesotans with permits to carry guns hits a milestone.  This, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

As of the first of August, the number of carry permits topped 200-thousand, which is about one in every 20 eligible adults. 

As we first reported in February, the number of women with permits to carry has dramatically increased as well.  35 percent of valid permits are owned by women now, compared to less than 12 percent in 2010. 

It took awhile to hit this milestone; twelve years after the Minnesota Personal Protection Act was passed.  By comparison, the state of Wisconsin hit 200-thousand permits just two years after its law was passed.

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