As county sheriffs across Minnesota scramble to figure out if and when to issue permits to carry guns, many say the gun law struck down this week as unconstitutional didn’t pose the threat to public safety that some feared it would, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Traverse County Sheriff Don Montonye said he resisted the 2003 law, which made it easier for citizens to carry firearms, because it stripped sheriffs and police chiefs of some discretion to deny applicants. But after adapting to the new law, he’d prefer to stick with it, he said.
Ramsey County District Judge John Finley ruled the law unconstitutional Tuesday. He sided with a coalition of religious congregations, social-service agencies and the city of Minneapolis in a lawsuit against the state that alleged the 2003 law was unfairly rammed through the Legislature while attached to an unrelated Department of Natural Resources bill. Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch said he would appeal the ruling. While preparations for the appeal continued Wednesday, Hatch continued to advise sheriffs and local police chiefs in Minnesota to revert to the old way of granting permits.