MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A poll shows a majority of Minnesotans -- 55 percent -- fear the state's handgun law will make it more dangerous.
Meanwhile, 17 percent of those surveyed say the state will be safer, according to the Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the measure into law Monday. It will make permits to carry handguns in public available to more people and takes effect May 28.
Estimates have shown that the number of Minnesotans licensed to carry handguns could grow four to eight times over the current 11,381.
"Somebody gets irritated and pulls a gun," said Troy Williams, 28, of Blaine, a former handgun permit holder among those polled who said the law will make the state more dangerous. "There's more stray bullets, road rage. All of a sudden, there's a gun involved where there wasn't before."
Brett Barto, 44, of Circle Pines, was a typical respondent who said the law will make Minnesota safer. The six-year permit holder said he almost never carries his .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol.
"Right now the only ones who are carrying guns are criminals," he said. "I pray to God that I would never have to use a weapon on another person. On the other hand, I have a strong aversion to me or my family being shot or stabbed because I'm ill-prepared."
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