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  1. San Bernardino shootings trigger another rise in Twin Cities gun buying - Permit applications are on rise nationally and in metro area. :

    Gun permit applications and activity at firing ranges in the Twin Cities are soaring again in the aftermath of the nation’s latest high-profile mass shooting — the Dec. 2 killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif.

    Anoka County saw its new applications for permits to carry nearly double, from up to 20 a day to around 30 to 40, in the days after the California attack. Dakota County received roughly 26 new applications per day in the three days after the shooting, up from the 15 a day it averaged this year through November.

    From Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, Hennepin County received 167 new applications, compared with 90 over the same period last year — including 70 new applications on the Monday after the shooting.

    The activity follows a pattern seen after other high-profile shootings across the nation in recent years, one that’s been amplified this year by gun control’s prominent place in presidential election politics.

    The clearest precedent for this year’s gun-buying surge is the reaction to the December 2012 shootings of 26 people — most of them children — at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. FBI background checks for firearms purchases soared to a record 21 million in 2013. That record is likely to be broken this year, as the bureau already had processed nearly 20 million checks entering December — up 6 percent from a year ago.

    In Minnesota, the number of residents with gun permits also has greatly expanded since Sandy Hook, jumping from 114,774 in January 2013 to 208,190 as of Oct. 31 this year, according to the Minnesota Association of Defensive Firearm Instructors.


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