The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has posted the new reciprocity list for the State, in order to meet the requirements of the gun law reform passed in 2015. As expected of an appointee of an openly anti-gun governor, the list approved by the Commissioner of Public Safety is very restrictive, removing four states for minor differences in the law, and adding eight states or state permits that have limited numbers of carriers . . .
The additional eight states permits now being recognized by Minnesota are: Delaware, Idaho (enhanced permit), Illinois, New Jersey, North Dakota (enhanced permit), Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota (enhanced permit).
States previously recognized, and still recognized, are: Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
No longer valid in Minnesota: Missouri, Texas, Wyoming, and Utah.
While more total state permits are now recognized by Minnesota, anti-gunners may be smiling; they have managed to disqualify more permit holders than they added.
The permit holders with Missouri, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming permits total 1,645,000. The permits added total around 377,000. About a million and a quarter permit holders just lost the right to carry in the Gopher State. I suspect that’s not what the legislature intended.
But the glee on the anti-RKBA side may be short-lived. The gun culture in Minnesota demonstrated its clout when it was able to get the gun reform bill attached to the state budget, thereby avoiding Governor Dayton’s veto. If Minnesota follows the same track as other states that have reformed their carry laws, the next step will be to recognize permits from all other states and territories, without giving the Department of Public Safety any discretion in the matter.
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