If the county sheriff's office does their part, within the next 30 days I should find a Minnesota Permit to Carry a handgun in my mailbox. At that point I'll be able to legally bring my wonderful friend and companion—Springfield Armory's XD .45 ACP—with me just about anywhere. He's a life saver, I tell ya.
I had long wanted to take advantage of the Minnesota Personal Protection Act, but just hadn't found a convenient opportunity. A few months ago I joined some of my local cohorts from the National Wild Turkey Federation to finally take my Permit to Carry class with David Meacham, a certified instructor from the American Association of Certified Firearms Instructors.
I passed the 1-day educational course and shooting range test. It wasn't complicated by any means, but was highly valuable; our instructor brought a wealth of thought-provoking, informative personal defense- and handgun-related info to the table. I left the range that day with a sense of confidence, an education ... and a signed certificate.
Now I just need Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom's approval. Join me in a video blog as I visit the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center to submit my application.
And be sure to leave a comment below with your thoughts about carrying a handgun.