Since Minnesota passed the Citizens Personal Protection Act, which requires sheriffs to issue handgun permits to law-abiding citizens who pass mental health screenings and background checks, more than 100,000 state residents have received such permits. That's a 10-fold increase since 2003. Statistics show that rural counties, including a large swatch of northern Minnesota, tended to issue more permits than others as a percent of their total population.
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