Two types of gun violence are up this year, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. This has city officials and community members alike concerned. In an effort to stop the upward trend, police are reaching out to young people, cautioning them against carrying weapons. [Read more…]
In light of a gun death rate already exceeding the number of gun deaths in all of 2009, officials in the city of Minneapolis are letting people know, they won’t be relaxing weapons laws or penalties against violators any time soon. According to the Star Tribune, a news conference this week was the scene for officials to make their tough stance known. [Read more…]
Felony assault and domestic violence charges result in Minnesota for a man with a thing for knives as weapons. [Read more…]
Minnesota’s controversial (at the time) permit to carry a handgun law changes in 2003 are now five years old. The result of this significant bill, which broadened approval of the right to carry a concealed handgun in Minnesota, have been minimal for the most part. Crime statistics have been largely flat, though unintentional/accidental injuries are up significantly in that time.
Gun permits issued for the first time after the law was passed are now facing a 5 year renewal period requirement. Renewal requires a $75 fee, paperwork updating at the county sheriff’s offices, updated background checks, a refresher course in the rights and responsibilities of the permit, and some additional practice time on the gun ranges.
When this law was passed 5 years ago, there was some concern that more gun incidents would result from the increased available licenses. Under the law, the sheriff’s departments have less discretion in refusing to issue a handgun carrying permit. Anyone who passes the background check, and has no criminal history or mental health issues is issued the permit with no other difficulties. Previously, law enforcement could reject the application for little reason, and had broad discretion in denying the licenses.
Despite this changes, there have been no significant increase (or decrease) in violent crime or gun use. No doubt many people applied for the concealed-carry permit because “the could”. Some probably never even acquired a handgun, and many of those people may be letting their permits lapse at this point.
But if you are going to continue to carry a weapon, please make sure your permit is current, or there could be legal consequences.
If you are facing a criminal gun charge in Minnesota, please contact our attorney for a free defense consultation.