Minnesota Sheriffs issued more than 30,000 gun permits last year — that’s 10,000 more than the year before.
Stepping inside Bill’s Gun Shop in Robbinsdale, there’s a buzz of activity, with people buying ammunition, guns and signing up for classes.
Northland gun dealers are reporting a spike in military-style gun sales. Pat Kukull, owner of Superior Shooters Supply, says they are out of semi-automatic rifles due to people “panic buying.”
Minnesota Congressman John Kline says the U.S. Army has reversed a decision and will allow the Fort Snelling honor guard to keep the ceremonial rifles it uses for military burials.
Rep. John Kline says the U.S. Army is reconsidering a decision to recoup Fort Snelling’s ceremonial rifles from the fort’s memorial rifle squad.
At each burial, the Fort Snelling memorial rifle squad will fire off a 21-gun salute using WW1 vintage Springfield O3A3 bolt action rifles. Squad members say the rifles are safe and simple to load. Recently, however, the squad learned that the U.S. Army is demanding that the unit turn over the government-issued rifles and exchange them for a different model.