An (apparently un-ironic) ‘reality check’ for Minnesotans: Gun ownership all-time high; crime rate low

An (apparently un-ironic) ‘reality check’ for Minnesotans: Gun ownership all-time high; crime rate low

[Ed. – Well…yeah.]

Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state.

More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO’s Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check. …

Minnesota’s violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.

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And in 2017, the state set a new record for firearms background checks.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports it processed nearly 683,544 checks on gun buyers in 2017. That includes: 473,975 permits, 94,383 handguns and 125,516 long guns.

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