A correspondent asked me how many Minnesota Permits to Carry get revoked per year. Florida reports about .01% — one out of every 10,000.
The short answer is, in Minnesota, fewer than one out of every 25,000 permits held per year is revoked.
Here’s the long answer:
I looked at the last four years, and divided the number of permits revoked by the number of permits held.
2006: 37,000 permits held, 3 revoked, .0081%
2007: 46,000 permits held, 0 revoked, 0%
2008: 53,000 permits held, 4 revoked, .0075%
2009: 63,000 permits held, 1 revoked. .0016%
Four-year average: .004%, or one in every 25,189
(Average permits held per month over four year period: 50,379; 8 revoked in four years)
Here at GOCRA, we spend a lot of time asking you to get involved by calling, emailing, or even visiting your legislators. Today, we’d like to show you how to keep track of pending bills and legislation for yourself. We will, of course, continue to update you whenever we feel there is something that needs attention, but we want to make sure everyone is as engaged with their government as they want to be.
How can I find bills of interest to me?
How do you know what bills are out there? There are too many to worry about them all, so how can you narrow that down to the things that matter to you?
Personalized Bill Tracking- Want to get e-mailed when your bills change or move? Mybills provides personalized bill tracking and e-mail & RSS notification for current Minnesota Legislation. Want to know what bills your legislator has authored? Want to see all bills related to firearms, hunting, or natural resources? Want to see bills authored by the people you oppose? This is the place do so. You can search House and Senate bills by bill number, subject, or author.
What if I want more information on a specific bill or subject?
Bill Information Search (House or Senate) – When you want to look up a specific bill or subject outside MyBills, or if you want to search by specific criteria, this is the place. You can search by bill number, keywords or text, authors, topics, committees, actions, or statutes cited in the bill title. The advanced options include searching by action date ranges, so you can always see what has been done in the last week, or month.
Research Specific Bills( HF161 for example) – This is where you can find all the information on a bill . The authors list lets you know who to thank, encourage, advise, or chastise. You can also see amendments to the bill as well as the original text and any progress the bill has made.
Bill Summaries (House research Department) - Bill summaries are prepared by legislative analysts of the nonpartisan House Research Department for the benefit of House members and the general public. Generally, summaries are only prepared for bills that have been scheduled for public hearings. Be sure to review the language of the bill itself rather than relying entirely on information provided by the summary.
How can I keep track of what is happening at the legislature?
Session Daily - an online news service, produced by nonpartisan Public Information Services, updated every day during session and when news from the House warrants. You can also follow specific Topics such as Public Safety.
Tracking House and Senate Committees
Bills are generally moved to and between committees based on subject matter and may have one or several stops before they’re passed out of committee for a general vote. This is the place you can track the committees and see what’s moving in and out of them.
Membership – which allows us to know who to call and e-mail. Your representative may not be on these committees but bills must pass these committees so–in essence–the members are representing us all
Legislation – Which bills were referred to the committee and what’s is on the calendar.
Schedule – What is happening this week. Also, the time and location for each committee.
Audio and Video – Recordings of prior and current hearings, and live coverage of meetings.
Meeting Minutes and an option to Subscribe to the committee e-mail list are also available.
How do I look up a current law or the statutes referenced in bills?
Revisor of Statutes website – An excellent resource when you want to see what a law really says. They compile, edit, and print Laws of Minnesota, Minnesota Statutes, and Minnesota Rules. Laws of Minnesota contains the laws and resolutions passed each legislative session. Minnesota Statutes contains the codified general and permanent laws. Minnesota Rules contains the compiled administrative rules adopted by state agencies. All of the publications contain user aids and indexes and are the official text of the law.
Minnesota Legislative Reference Library – The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library serves the Legislature and the citizens of Minnesota by assuring access to essential information resources which support the legislative process and promote the understanding of state government. That’s government speak for: They keep all the supporting information around bills. The Legislative Resource Library has made great strides recently by moving into the electronic age. Examples of things you might find here: Prior Capitol Security Reports, and Proposed Constitutional Amendments successful and unsuccessful.