And I Carry – The Real Face Of Permit-To-Carry Holders In MN

Think you know who permit-to-carry holders are? What’s the picture you have in your head?

The Real Face Of Permit-To-Carry Holders In MN
The Real Face Of Permit-To-Carry Holders In MN
Minnesotans for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms
Minnesotans for the Right to Keep & Bear Arms

Minnesotans – -( We love the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota and we love our freedoms.

Meet some interesting people in their “natural habitat” and enjoy their uniqueness and commonality as they express their love for their neighborhood.

Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, with the generous help of Crucible Arms, put together this short documentary showing a cross section of Minnesota’s permit-to-carry holders.


  • As of Nov. 1, 2013, there are nearly 160,000 permit-to-carry holders in Minnesota.
  • Over 52% of those permits are in the 9 county metro area (Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota, Washington, Scott, Carver, Wright, Sherburne)
  • Since January 1, 2013, MN permits-to-carry have increased by an average of over 4,500 per month, to date
  • The year 2012 saw a record number of MN permits issued: 31,657*
  • Total valid permits at the end of 2012: 114,793*
  • The Minnesota Citizens’ Personal Protection Act of 2003 (MN’s right-to-carry law), MN §624.714, contains no requirement to “conceal” a firearm if a person has a valid permit-to-carry recognized by the state of Minnesota. In other words, Minnesota does not have a “conceal and carry” law. Minnesota has a “right-to-carry” law, and persons with a valid permit-to-carry may “open carry” a handgun in plain view if they so choose, or they may “conceal carry” if they so choose.
  • Training to apply for a permit-to-carry in Minnesota requires completion of a firearms safety or training course providing basic training in the safe use of a pistol and conducted by a certified instructor which includes**:
    • -instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use;
    • -successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise; and
    • -instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force.
  • Applicants for a MN permit-to-carry must do so through their local sheriff and will be required to pass a criminal background check and must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm**
  • MN permits issued to women increased by 81% in 2012 (over 2011)
  • Women are one of the fastest growing demographics of gun owners in the United States. One in every four women say they own a firearm***
*Source: State of MN Department of Public Safety 2012 Permit to Carry Report,
**Source: MN §624.714,

Thank you to all the volunteers who graciously gave of their time to help make this project possible. A special thanks to videographer/editor Kevin Vick of Crucible Arms for his time and expertise, as well as the vision he brought to this project.

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Greg Tag

Pretty Impressive video.




I carry too in NC, and have the permit to do so and invested my time to take the training classes and practice often just like our fellow citizens in MN.

Rob Davis

This article brings a smile to my face!

Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum

Thank you for posting!