Minnesota ‘lifetime permit’ gun bill draws concern

Opponents of a proposal to allow lifetime permits for carrying handguns in Minnesota say the legislation would allow people to carry guns after it is safe.

Under Minnesota law, permits expire every five years, at which point applicants must undergo training and pay a fee to renew their permit.

The new bill, introduced by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, would establish a one-time permitting system by eliminating expiration dates from carrying permits issued after Aug. 1.

“It’s similar to our firearm safety certificate,” Cornish said. “You’re given that when you’re 11 years old, and you can handle a firearm for the rest of your life and you never have to take another class. Why do we require (renewal) for handguns?”