I was intrigued by a letter to the editor I read in the Star Tribune last week. The letter stated how a person was denied a permit for a handgun and was not given a reason for the denial. This is not that the first time, and will not be the last, a person does what they are supposed to do to get a permit or license for some type of government sanction or benefit, then denied and not told the reasons for the denial. I and other Minnesotans have experienced situations like the letter writer has, maybe not specifically with gun permits.
For individual access to handguns there are two basic laws, the conceal and carry law and the permit to purchase. I reviewed the two sections of law.
I noticed that if an individual applies under the permit to purchase there is no mention of reconsideration process as there is for conceal and carry law. There is no guidance directing as to what should be stated in the denial document as there is in the carry statute. For example, the statute states there must be a specific factual basis including the source of the factual basis if you are denied a carry permit. Not the case for permit to purchase which states specific reasons for the denial. Granted, on first sight when a person reads the statute it seems that the denial document would be the same in both instances, but more than likely it is not.
For a person to have knowledge why the government denies them some benefit, permit, or license is important and a constitutional right.
I do not know what happened in Mr. Swenson's case(author of the letter)and his relationship with the Coon Rapids Police Department, but I would suggest to him to use the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act to find out.
The part of the Act that allows an individual to access public and private information about themselves. He may find out the reason if Coon Rapids Police still has the data.
As for you, remember getting the answer for why not, is just as important as to the why.