My situation is this: The first time I got a permit to purchase living in this jurisdiction, I had a problem. I submitted my application mid-May 2011. I had been told that the process usually goes quickly, so after a month had passed, I re-visited the police department to ask about the status of my permit. I thought maybe the paperwork had gotten mis-placed, forgotten, etc. The response I got was basically a "get the hell out of here." I finally got the permit in March of 2012, but it was only good to the date of the application. So my one year permit was good for two and a half months. My questions: Who in the department usually handles these permits? Any advice on how to prevent/solve this problem with the permit in the future? Thanks ETA For those of you not familiar with MN laws, the permit to purchase is required to buy a handgun from a dealer. A carry permit also works.