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Minnesota CCW Laws & Reciprocity Map

Minnesota gun laws operate on a shall-issue policy with permits being issued at the local level. The state has full preemption over local laws relating to firearms. Permits from other states will be honoured provided that states carry laws are similar to Minnesotas.

The gun laws in Minnesota are not restrictive and lay somewhere in the middle when compared to other states. Non-residents of the state can also apply for a CCW permit without too much difficulty although they will need to make a personal appearance in Minnesota. A couple of things that differ from other states is that you will need a permit to purchase a handgun and there is additional training required when you renew a permit to carry. The permit to carry acts as a permit to purchase and there is a seperate permit to purchase/transfer available if a person does not have the carry permit. Minnesota also has a duty to retreat law so a gun can only be used as a last resort.

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Minnesota CCW Reciprocity

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Residential permits only
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Initial Fee
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Average USA Fee
55%

Quick Facts on Minnesota Gun Laws

Summary of Minnesota Gun Laws

Subject Hand GunLong GunNotes
Ammunition restrictions NoNo
Assault weapon lawNoNoAssault weapons can be purchased by persons 18 or older with a permit to purchase or a permit to carry for persons 21 or older.
Background checksNoNoBackground checks are not required for private sales.
Concealed carry permit required YesNot ApplicableCarrying handguns requires a Minnesota Permit to Carry. The permit does not require handguns to be concealed but it is legal to conceal a handgun if you wish to carry that way.
Firearm registrationNoNo
Magazine capacity restrictionNoNo
Open carry permit required?YesYesYou can carry a handgun or long gun openly if you have a Permit to Carry a Pistol. It is illegal to carry a BB gun, shotgun or rifle openly in a public place without a permit.
Owner permit requiredNoNo
Peaceable journey lawYesYesProvided a gun is unloaded, in a case and legally possessed it my be transported in a motor vehicle.
Purchase permit requiredYesNoFor Minnesota residents a Permit to Carry acts as permit to purchase. No permit is required to purchase shotguns or rifles. A permit to purchase is required if you want to transfer long guns with a pistol grip or handguns through a FFL dealer.
Restriction on NFA weaponsYesYesShort-barreled shotguns and machine guns are prohibited. Short-barreled rifles and sound suppressors are legal.
State preemption of local restrictions YesYesDischarge of firearms can be regulated by municipalities within their borders.

Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit

Overview of the Minnesota Permit to Carry

All individuals under Minnesota law are required to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. You do not need a permit to carry a handgun around your home or place of business, more details are in the statutes section below. The permit to carry is also valid as a permit to purchase and can be used to make unlimited purchases until the permit expires.
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You must be a US citizen or legal alien.
  • Completed a firearms training course.
  • No felony conviction
  • No drug violations
  • No violent crimes
  • No misdemeanor punishable by more than two years in prison
  • You must not have any outstanding warrants
  • You must not be subject to a current restraining order
  • It must be more than five years since any treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
  • If you have been hospitalized for mental illness, you must submit an affidavit from a registered physician endorsing your ability to possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

5 Years

Permits to carry are issued to non-residents. The application process and the fee is the same as for residents. The only difference is that non-residents can apply at any Minnesota county sheriffs office.

The issuing Sheriffs office must be informed within 30 days if you change your name or permanent address. An updated permit can be obtained for a fee of $10. Failing to notify the Sheriff of any name or permanent address change is a petty misdemeanour.

If a permit is stolen or lost then the issuing sheriff must be notified within 30 days. The sheriff will also require a notarised statement that the permit has been lost or stolen. Replacement permits can be obtained for $10. Failure to notify the sheriff within 30 days that your permit has been lost or stolen is a petty misdemeanour.

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewal
Permit to carry$100$75
Late fee $10

Note

Application fee’s for a permit to carry in Minnesota vary in each county and are set by the county sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office is restricted by law as to the maximum amount they can charge for a permit. For new permits the fee cannot be set to more than $100 and $75 for renewals. There is a $10 late fee if a renewal application is made after the permits expiry date. The late fee can only be charged for up to 30 days after the permits expiry date and then a new permit application must be filed.

Statutes

Subd. 2.

  • (a) Applications by Minnesota residents for permits to carry shall be made to the county sheriff where the applicant resides. Nonresidents, as defined in section 171.01, subdivision 42, may apply to any sheriff.
  • (b) Unless a sheriff denies a permit under the exception set forth in subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clause (3), a sheriff must issue a permit to an applicant if the person:
  1. has training in the safe use of a pistol;
  2. is at least 21 years old and a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States;
  3. completes an application for a permit;
  4. is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under the following sections:
  • (i) 518B.01, subdivision 14;
  • (ii) 609.224, subdivision 3;
  • (iii) 609.2242, subdivision 3;
  • (iv) 609.749, subdivision 8;
  • (v) 624.713;
  • (vi) 624.719;
  • (vii) 629.715, subdivision 2;
  • (viii) 629.72, subdivision 2; or
  • (ix) any federal law; and
  • is not listed in the criminal gang investigative data system under section 299C.091.
  • (c) A permit to carry a pistol issued or recognized under this section is a state permit and is effective throughout the state.
  • (d) A sheriff may contract with a police chief to process permit applications under this section. If a sheriff contracts with a police chief, the sheriff remains the issuing authority and the police chief acts as the sheriff’s agent. If a sheriff contracts with a police chief, all of the provisions of this section will apply.

624.714(2) – Minnesota Statutes

Subd. 21.

Fees collected by sheriffs under this section and not forwarded to the commissioner must be used only to pay the direct costs of administering this section. Fee money may be used to pay the costs of appeals of prevailing applicants or permit holders under subdivision 8, paragraph (c); subdivision 12, paragraph (e); and subdivision 16, paragraph (c). Fee money may also be used to pay the reasonable costs of the county attorney to represent the sheriff in proceedings under this section. The revenues must be maintained in a segregated fund. Fund balances must be carried over from year to year and do not revert to any other fund. As part of the information supplied under subdivision 20, paragraph (b), by January 31 of each year, a sheriff must report to the commissioner on the sheriff’s segregated fund for the preceding calendar year, including information regarding:

  1.  nature and amount of revenues;
  2.  nature and amount of expenditures; and
  3.  nature and amount of balances.

624.714(21) – Minnesota Statutes

Subd. 7a.

  • (a) Within 30 days after changing permanent address, or within 30 days of having lost or destroyed the permit card, the permit holder must notify the issuing sheriff of the change, loss, or destruction. Failure to provide notification as required by this subdivision is a petty misdemeanor. The fine for a first offense must not exceed $25. Notwithstanding section 609.531, a firearm carried in violation of this paragraph is not subject to forfeiture.
  • (b) After notice is given under paragraph (a), a permit holder may obtain a replacement permit card by paying $10 to the sheriff. The request for a replacement permit card must be made on an official, standardized application adopted for this purpose under section 624.7151, and, except in the case of an address change, must include a notarized statement that the permit card has been lost or destroyed.

A permit to carry is not required of a person:

  • To keep or carry about the person’s place of business, dwelling house, premises or on land possessed by the person a pistol;
  • To carry a pistol from a place of purchase to the person’s dwelling house or place of business, or from the person’s dwelling house or place of business to or from a place where repairing is done, to have the pistol repaired;
  • To carry a pistol between the person’s dwelling house and place of business;
  • To carry a pistol in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this state for the purpose of hunting or of target shooting in a safe area;
  • To transport a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat if the pistol is unloaded, contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box, or securely tied package.

CCW Training in Minnesota

Training Summary

Under Minnesota law applicants for a concealed carry permit are required to provide evidence that they have completed a training course on the safe use of a handgun within 1 year of either a permit application or renewal. The course must be provided by a certified instructor.
  • Instructions on how to use a pistol.
  • Successful completion of a shooting exercise.
  • Legal aspects of Possessing, carrying and using a pistol.
  • When deadly force can be used and restrictions on it’s use.

Within one year of the application for a CCW permit. Attendance at a firearms training course is required for original and renewal applications for a CCW permit.

Certificates must be signed by a certified instructor stating the person attended and passed the firearms course.

Military personnel are not exempt from training. They must complete the same standard course that Minnesota state residents take. I would discuss this with the sheriff as he can accept other evidence of training.

  • Peace officers employed in Minnesota within the last year.
  • The Sheriff may also accept other evidence of training in the safe use of a pistol. However, the law does not define what the evidence can be so it is left up to the discretion of the sheriff.

Statute

  • (a) An applicant must present evidence that the applicant received training in the safe use of a pistol within one year of the date of an original or renewal application. Training may be demonstrated by:
    1. employment as a peace officer in the state of Minnesota within the past year; or
    2. completion of a firearms safety or training course providing basic training in the safe use of a pistol and conducted by a certified instructor.
  • (b) Basic training must include:
    1. instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use;
    2. successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise; and
    3. instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force.
  • (c) The certified instructor must issue a certificate to a person who has completed a firearms safety or training course described in paragraph (b) The certificate must be signed by the instructor and attest that the person attended and completed the course.
  • (d) A person qualifies as a certified instructor if the person is certified as a firearms instructor within the past five years by an organization or government entity that has been approved by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with the department’s standards.
  • (e) A sheriff must accept the training described in this subdivision as meeting the requirement in subdivision 2, paragraph (b), for training in the safe use of a pistol. A sheriff may also accept other satisfactory evidence of training in the safe use of a pistol.

624.714(2)(a) – Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Permit to Carry Applications

Permit Application Procedure

Residents of Minnesota will need to file their permit applications with the local county sheriff while non-residents can file their application at any county sheriffs office or the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
 
1. You will need to complete a firearms training course within one year prior to your permit application.
 
2. Download the Permit To Carry a Pistol application form. You can also pick the application form up at your county sheriff’s office.
 

3. Check that you have these documents;

  • A completed application form.
  • A photocopy of your firearms training course certificate.
  • A photocopy of identification, this can be a state drivers license, ID card or the photo page from your passport.

4. You will then need to submit the completed application and documents to the sheriff’s office in your county of residence. Non-residents may submit the application at any Minnesota county sheriff’s office.

5. You will be notified within 30 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied. 

Note

  • The law states that the county sheriff has 30 days from the application date in which to approve or deny a carry permit.
  • If a person is wrongfully denied a permit (decided by courts) then the sheriff is required to reimburse all legal fees incurred by the applicant.
  • A carry permit is a valid purchase permit and authorises unlimited purchases for the life of the permit, (5 years).

Statute

Subdivision 1.When authorized.
Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 2, reasonable force may be used upon or toward the person of another without the other’s consent when the following circumstances exist or the actor reasonably believes them to exist:

  1.  when used by a public officer or one assisting a public officer under the public officer’s direction:
    • (a) in effecting a lawful arrest; or
    • (b) in the execution of legal process; or
    • (c) in enforcing an order of the court; or
    • (d) in executing any other duty imposed upon the public officer by law; or
  2. when used by a person not a public officer in arresting another in the cases and in the manner provided by law and delivering the other to an officer competent to receive the other into custody; or
  3. when used by any person in resisting or aiding another to resist an offense against the person; or
  4. when used by any person in lawful possession of real or personal property, or by another assisting the person in lawful possession, in resisting a trespass upon or other unlawful interference with such property; or
  5. when used by any person to prevent the escape, or to retake following the escape, of a person lawfully held on a charge or conviction of a crime; or
  6. when used by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other lawful custodian of a child or pupil, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain or correct such child or pupil; or
  7. when used by a school employee or school bus driver, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain a child or pupil, or to prevent bodily harm or death to another; or
  8. when used by a common carrier in expelling a passenger who refuses to obey a lawful requirement for the conduct of passengers and reasonable care is exercised with regard to the passenger’s personal safety; or
  9. when used to restrain a person with a mental illness or a person with a developmental disability from self-injury or injury to another or when used by one with authority to do so to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the person’s control, conduct, or treatment; or
  10. when used by a public or private institution providing custody or treatment against one lawfully committed to it to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the control, conduct, or treatment of the committed person.

Subd. 2.Deadly force used against peace officers.
Deadly force may not be used against peace officers who have announced their presence and are performing official duties at a location where a person is committing a crime or an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.

The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor’s place of abode.

Subdivision 1.Deadly force defined.
For the purposes of this section, “deadly force” means force which the actor uses with the purpose of causing, or which the actor should reasonably know creates a substantial risk of causing, death or great bodily harm. The intentional discharge of a firearm, other than a firearm loaded with less lethal munitions and used by a peace officer within the scope of official duties, in the direction of another person, or at a vehicle in which another person is believed to be, constitutes deadly force. “Less lethal munitions” means projectiles which are designed to stun, temporarily incapacitate, or cause temporary discomfort to a person. “Peace officer” has the meaning given in section 626.84, subdivision 1.

Subd. 2.Use of deadly force.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 609.06 or 609.065, the use of deadly force by a peace officer in the line of duty is justified only when necessary:

  1.  to protect the peace officer or another from apparent death or great bodily harm;
  2.  to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the peace officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of deadly force; or
  3.  to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony if the officer reasonably believes that the person will cause death or great bodily harm if the person’s apprehension is delayed.

Subd. 3.No defense.
This section and sections 609.06, 609.065 and 629.33 may not be used as a defense in a civil action brought by an innocent third party.

The legislature preempts all authority of a home rule charter or statutory city including a city of the first class, county, town, municipal corporation, or other governmental subdivision, or any of their instrumentality’s, to regulate firearms, ammunition, or their respective components to the complete exclusion of any order, ordinance or regulation by them except that:

  • (a) a governmental subdivision may regulate the discharge of firearms; and
  • (b) a governmental subdivision may adopt regulations identical to state law. Local regulation inconsistent with this section is void.

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Minnesota Permit to Carry Renewals

Permit Renewal Procedure

Some Sheriff’s offices will inform permit holders via mail when their permit is about to expire. However, this is not required by law so you cannot rely on getting a renewal notice. It is up to the permit holder to know their permits expiry date. You also need to factor in that a handgun safety course will need to be passed before any renewal application can be filed.
 
1. First of all check your permits expiry date with the list below. How you proceed will be determined as too were the permits expiry date fits into the below list. If 31 days has elapsed since the expiry date then you cannot renew the permit and will need to apply for a new one.
 
2. You will need to complete an authorised firearms training course within one year before you file your renewal application. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete the course before the expiry date on your permit and do not leave everything to the last minute.
 
3. Download the renewal application form. This is the same form used for initial permit applications and all you need  to do is check the renewal box on the form.
 
4. Check that you have these documents;
  • Application form
  • Photocopy of your firearms training certificate
  • A state drivers license or state ID card or the photo page of your passport.
  • I-551 or I-151 card if you are not a US citizen but a permanent resident.

5. Minnesota law requires that all permits be renewed in person and are issued through the sheriff’s office. So you will need to deliver in person the above listed documents to the sheriff’s office in the county that you reside. Non-residents can deliver the documents to any Minnesota sheriff’s office.

Expiration Dates

  • 90 days before expiration date – Permits can be renewed within this time period.
  • 30 days after expiration date – Permits can still be renewed but there will be an additional late fee of $10.
  • 31 days after expiration date – Permits can no longer be renewed. You will need to begin a new application for a permit to carry.

NOTE – Expired permits are not valid until a new card is issued.

Statute

Subd. 7.

  • (c) A permit to carry a pistol issued under this section expires five years after the date of issue. It may be renewed in the same manner and under the same criteria which the original permit was obtained, subject to the following procedures:
    1.  no earlier than 90 days prior to the expiration date on the permit, the permit holder may renew the permit by submitting to the appropriate sheriff the application packet described in subdivision 3 and a renewal processing fee not to exceed the actual and reasonable direct cost of processing the application or $75, whichever is less. Of this amount, $5 must be submitted to the commissioner and deposited into the general fund. The sheriff must process the renewal application in accordance with subdivisions 4 and 6; and
    2.  a permit holder who submits a renewal application packet after the expiration date of the permit, but within 30 days after expiration, may renew the permit as provided in clause (1) by paying an additional late fee of $10.
  • (d) The renewal permit is effective beginning on the expiration date of the prior permit to carry.

Minnesota Reciprocity Guide

How Minnesota Honors Other States Permits

Minnesota law requires the Commissioner to publish each year a list of states that have concealed carry laws that are not similar to the laws of Minnesota. The list must be published on the internet and any CCW permits from states on the list WILL NOT be honored in Minnesota. Check out the official Minnesota state reciprocity list.

Subd. 16.

  • (a) The commissioner must annually establish and publish a list of other states that have laws governing the issuance of permits to carry weapons that are not similar to this section. The list must be available on the Internet. A person holding a carry permit from a state not on the list may use the license or permit in this state subject to the rights, privileges, and requirements of this section.
  • (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), no license or permit from another state is valid in this state if the holder is or becomes prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.
  • (c) Any sheriff or police chief may file a petition under subdivision 12 seeking an order suspending or revoking an out-of-state permit holder’s authority to carry a pistol in this state on the grounds set forth in subdivision 6, paragraph (a), clause (3). An order shall only be issued if the petitioner meets the burden of proof and criteria set forth in subdivision 12. If the court denies the petition, the court must award the permit holder reasonable costs and expenses including attorney fees. The petition may be filed in any county in the state where a person holding a license or permit from another state can be found.
  • (d) The commissioner must, when necessary, execute reciprocity agreements regarding carry permits with jurisdictions whose carry permits are recognized under paragraph (a).

624.714(16) – Minnesota Statutes

Concealed carry permits from other states that Minnesota honors.
Alaska
Delaware1
Idaho3
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota2
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota4
West Virginia1

  1. Must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Class 1 permits only and at least 21 years old.
  3. Enhanced permits only.
  4. Enhanced permits only and at least 21 years old.
States that honor a Minnesota permit
Alabama
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Wisconsin
States that will not honor all Minnesota permits.
Michigan1
South Carolina1
Will only honor “Resident Only” permits and not those issued to non-residents.
States that will not honor a Minnesota permit
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine
Massachusetts
Maryland
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming
Districts and territories that will not honor a Minnesota permit
American Samoa
District of Columbia
Guam
North Marianas
Porto Rico
Virgin Islands
No permit required in these states

Arizona3
Alaska3
Arkansas3
Kansas3
Kentucky3

Maine3
Mississippi
Missouri2
New Hampshire1
Oklahoma3
South Dakota1
Vermont1
West Virginia3

  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must be at least 19 years old.
  3. Must be at least 21 years old.

Essential Forms for a Minnesota Permit to Carry

DAYS TO PROCESS

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NEW LICENSE

Off-limit Places in Minnesota for Carrying a Firearm

Restricted Carry Locations

The locations under the restricted tab are off-limits to any person carrying a handgun. This includes persons who have a permit to carry from Minnesota or any other state.

Statute

Subd. 1d.

  • (a) Except as provided under paragraphs (d) and (f), whoever possesses, stores, or keeps a dangerous weapon while knowingly on school property is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
  • (b) Whoever uses or brandishes a replica firearm or a BB gun while knowingly on school property is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
  • (c) Whoever possesses, stores, or keeps a replica firearm or a BB gun while knowingly on school property is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), (b), or (c), it is a misdemeanor for a person authorized to carry a firearm under the provisions of a permit or otherwise to carry a firearm on or about the person’s clothes or person in a location the person knows is school property. Notwithstanding section 609.531, a firearm carried in violation of this paragraph is not subject to forfeiture.
  • (e) As used in this subdivision:
    1.  “BB gun” means a device that fires or ejects a shot measuring .18 of an inch or less in diameter;
    2.  “dangerous weapon” has the meaning given it in section 609.02, subdivision 6;
    3.  “replica firearm” has the meaning given it in section 609.713; and
    4.  “school property” means:
    1.  a public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school building and its improved grounds, whether leased or owned by the school;
    2.  a child care center licensed under chapter 245A during the period children are present and participating in a child care program;
    3.  the area within a school bus when that bus is being used by a school to transport one or more elementary, middle, or secondary school students to and from school-related activities, including curricular, cocurricular, noncurricular, extracurricular, and supplementary activities; and
    4.  that portion of a building or facility under the temporary, exclusive control of a public or private school, a school district, or an association of such entities where conspicuous signs are prominently posted at each entrance that give actual notice to persons of the school-related use.
  • (f) This subdivision does not apply to:
    1.  active licensed peace officers;
    2.  military personnel or students participating in military training, who are on-duty, performing official duties;
    3.  persons authorized to carry a pistol under section 624.714 while in a motor vehicle or outside of a motor vehicle to directly place a firearm in, or retrieve it from, the trunk or rear area of the vehicle;
    4.  persons who keep or store in a motor vehicle pistols in accordance with section 624.714 or 624.715 or other firearms in accordance with section 97B.045;
    5.  firearm safety or marksmanship courses or activities conducted on school property;
    6.  possession of dangerous weapons, BB guns, or replica firearms by a ceremonial color guard;
    7.  a gun or knife show held on school property;
    8.  possession of dangerous weapons, BB guns, or replica firearms with written permission of the principal or other person having general control and supervision of the school or the director of a child care center; or
    9.  persons who are on unimproved property owned or leased by a child care center, school, or school district unless the person knows that a student is currently present on the land for a school-related activity.
  • (g) Notwithstanding section 471.634, a school district or other entity composed exclusively of school districts may not regulate firearms, ammunition, or their respective components, when possessed or carried by nonstudents or nonemployees, in a manner that is inconsistent with this subdivision.

Subd. 1g.

  • (a) A person who commits either of the following acts is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both:
  1.  possesses a dangerous weapon, ammunition, or explosives within any courthouse complex; or
  2.  possesses a dangerous weapon, ammunition, or explosives in any state building within the Capitol Area described in chapter 15B, other than the National Guard Armory.
  • (b) Unless a person is otherwise prohibited or restricted by other law to possess a dangerous weapon, this subdivision does not apply to:
  1.  licensed peace officers or military personnel who are performing official duties;
  2.  persons who carry pistols according to the terms of a permit issued under section 624.714 and who so notify the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety, as appropriate;
  3.  persons who possess dangerous weapons for the purpose of display as demonstrative evidence during testimony at a trial or hearing or exhibition in compliance with advance notice and safety guidelines set by the sheriff or the commissioner of public safety; or
  4.  persons who possess dangerous weapons in a courthouse complex with the express consent of the county sheriff or who possess dangerous weapons in a state building with the express consent of the commissioner of public safety.
  • (c) For purposes of this subdivision, the issuance of a permit to carry under section 624.714 constitutes notification of the commissioner of public safety as required under paragraph (b), clause (2).

Subdivision 1.Innkeeper’s right to eject.
(a) An innkeeper may remove or cause to be removed from a hotel a guest or other person who:

  1.  refuses or is unable to pay for accommodations or services;
  2.  while on the premises of the hotel acts in an obviously intoxicated or disorderly manner, destroys or threatens to destroy hotel property, or causes or threatens to cause a disturbance;
  3.  the innkeeper reasonably believes is using the premises for the unlawful possession or use of controlled substances by the person in violation of chapter 152, or using the premises for the consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 years in violation of section 340A.503;
  4.  the innkeeper reasonably believes has brought property into the hotel that may be dangerous to other persons, such as firearms or explosives;
  5.  violates any federal, state, or local laws, ordinances, or rules relating to the hotel; or
  6.  violates a rule of the hotel that is clearly and conspicuously posted at or near the front desk and on the inside of the entrance door of every guest room.

(b) If the guest has paid in advance, the innkeeper shall tender to the guest any unused portion of the advance payment at the time of removal.

§Subdivision 1.Definition.

“Contraband” is any controlled substance as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 4, or any intoxicating or alcoholic liquor or malt beverage.

Subd. 2.Acts prohibited.

  • (a) Whoever introduces or in any manner causes the introduction of contraband, as defined in subdivision 1, into any jail, lockup, or correctional facility, as defined in section 241.021, subdivision 1, without the consent of the person in charge, or is found in possession of contraband while within the facility or upon the grounds thereof, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
  • (b) Whoever introduces or in any manner causes the introduction of a dangerous weapon, as defined in section 609.02, subdivision 6, into any jail, lockup, or correctional facility, as defined in section 241.021, subdivision 1, without the consent of the person in charge, or is found in possession of a dangerous weapon while within the facility or upon the grounds thereof, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years.

Subd. 3.Exceptions.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to physicians carrying drugs into such institutions for use in the practice of their profession, nor to peace officers carrying revolvers or firearms in the discharge of their duties.

Constitutional Provisions

“The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”

(PT. 1, ART. 17)

Minnesota Gun Laws & Statutes

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Minnesota gun laws you need to know

All the most important Minnesota gun laws you should be aware of are listed below. Make yourself familiar with these laws before you carry a firearm.

Vehicle Carry


YES/NO Without Permit YES

YES With Permit

  • Without a carry permit you are not allowed to carry any loaded firearm in a vehicle. If you unload the firearm and place it either in a closed trunk or in a closed and fastened case, gunbox or securely tied package then it is legal to carry the firearm in a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat.
  • With a carry permit you will be able to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Subd.9(5)
to transport a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat if the pistol is unloaded, contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, or securely tied package.

Subdivision 1.Restrictions. A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehicle unless the firearm is:

  1.  unloaded and in a gun case expressly made to contain a firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened, and without any portion of the firearm exposed;
  2.  unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle; or
  3.  a handgun carried in compliance with sections 624.714 and 624.715.

 

Subd. 2.Exception; disabled persons. The restrictions in subdivision 1 do not apply to a disabled person if:

  1.  the person possesses a permit under section 97B.055, subdivision 3; and
  2.  the firearm is not loaded in the chamber until the vehicle is stationary, or is a hinge action firearm with the action open until the vehicle is stationary.

 

Subd. 3.Exceptions; hunting and shooting ranges. (a) Notwithstanding provisions to the contrary under this chapter, a person may transport an unloaded, uncased firearm, excluding a pistol as defined in paragraph (b), in a motor vehicle while at a shooting range, as defined under section 87A.01, subdivision 3, where the person has received permission from the lawful owner or possessor to discharge firearms; lawfully hunting on private or public land; or traveling to or from a site the person intends to hunt lawfully that day or has hunted lawfully that day, unless:

  1.  within Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey County;
  2.  within the boundaries of a home rule charter or statutory city with a population of 2,500 or more;
  3.  on school grounds; or
  4.  otherwise restricted under section 97A.091, 97B.081, or 97B.086.

 

(b) For the purposes of this section, a “pistol” includes a weapon designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and with an overall length less than 26 inches, or having a barrel or barrels of a length less than 18 inches in the case of a shotgun or having a barrel of a length less than 16 inches in the case of a rifle:

 

  1.  from which may be fired or ejected one or more solid projectiles by means of a cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explosive substances; or
  2.  for which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, air or other gas, or vapor.

 

Pistol does not include a device firing or ejecting a shot measuring .18 of an inch, or less, in diameter and commonly known as a “BB gun,” a scuba gun, a stud gun or nail gun used in the construction industry, or children’s pop guns or toys.

Open Carry


NO Without Permit

YES With Permit

  • To open carry in Minnesota you will need a carry permit from either Minnesota or a state whose permits Minnesota honours.
  • Local authorities cannot restrict open carry as the state law preempts all local laws.
  • A first conviction of open carry without a permit is classed as a gross demeanour and a second conviction is a felony.

Subd. 1a.

A person, other than a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, who carries, holds, or possesses a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, or on or about the person’s clothes or the person, or otherwise in possession or control in a public place, as defined in section 624.7181, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), without first having obtained a permit to carry the pistol is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

A person who is convicted a second or subsequent time is guilty of a felony.

Must inform officer


NO Without Permit

No With Permit

  • You are not required to inform a police officer that you are carrying a firearm.
  • However, if a police officer requests to see your permit you must hand it to him and if he asks if you are carrying a concealed weapon then you must confirm wether or not you are.
  • The law requires you to have on your person a carry permit and some form of state ID such as a drivers licence when you are carrying a firearm.

Subd. 1b.

  • (a) The holder of a permit to carry must have the permit card and a driver’s license, state identification card, or other government-issued photo identification in immediate possession at all times when carrying a pistol and must display the permit card and identification document upon lawful demand by a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1. A violation of this paragraph is a petty misdemeanor. The fine for a first offense must not exceed $25. Notwithstanding section 609.531, a firearm carried in violation of this paragraph is not subject to forfeiture.
  • (b) A citation issued for violating paragraph (a) must be dismissed if the person demonstrates, in court or in the office of the arresting officer, that the person was authorized to carry the pistol at the time of the alleged violation.
  • (c) Upon the request of a peace officer, a permit holder must write a sample signature in the officer’s presence to aid in verifying the person’s identity.
  • (d) Upon the request of a peace officer, a permit holder shall disclose to the officer whether or not the permit holder is currently carrying a firearm.

No Gun Signs Enforced


NO

  • Gun signs are not enforced in Minnesota and do not have the force of law.
  • The only time a gun sign would have the force of law is if it is posted on state property that is mentioned in state law as being off-limits.
  • If you enter a posted property and are asked to leave then you will need to leave. Failure to leave can result in a trespass charge.

Subd. 17.

  • (a) A person carrying a firearm on or about his or her person or clothes under a permit or otherwise who remains at a private establishment knowing that the operator of the establishment or its agent has made a reasonable request that firearms not be brought into the establishment may be ordered to leave the premises. A person who fails to leave when so requested is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. The fine for a first offense must not exceed $25. Notwithstanding section 609.531, a firearm carried in violation of this subdivision is not subject to forfeiture.
  • (b) As used in this subdivision, the terms in this paragraph have the meanings given.
    1.  “Reasonable request” means a request made under the following circumstances:
      1.  the requester has prominently posted a conspicuous sign at every entrance to the establishment containing the following language: “(INDICATE IDENTITY OF OPERATOR) BANS GUNS IN THESE PREMISES.”; or
      2.  the requester or the requester’s agent personally informs the person that guns are prohibited in the premises and demands compliance.
    2.  “Prominently” means readily visible and within four feet laterally of the entrance with the bottom of the sign at a height of four to six feet above the floor.
    3.  “Conspicuous” means lettering in black arial typeface at least 1-1/2 inches in height against a bright contrasting background that is at least 187 square inches in area.
    4.  “Private establishment” means a building, structure, or portion thereof that is owned, leased, controlled, or operated by a nongovernmental entity for a nongovernmental purpose.
  • (c) The owner or operator of a private establishment may not prohibit the lawful carry or possession of firearms in a parking facility or parking area.
  • (d) The owner or operator of a private establishment may not prohibit the lawful carry or possession of firearms by a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), within the private establishment or deny the officer access thereto, except when specifically authorized by statute. The owner or operator of the private establishment may require the display of official credentials issued by the agency that employs the peace officer prior to granting the officer entry into the private establishment.
  • (e) This subdivision does not apply to private residences. The lawful possessor of a private residence may prohibit firearms, and provide notice thereof, in any lawful manner.
  • (f) A landlord may not restrict the lawful carry or possession of firearms by tenants or their guests.
  • (g) Notwithstanding any inconsistent provisions in section 609.605, this subdivision sets forth the exclusive criteria to notify a permit holder when otherwise lawful firearm possession is not allowed in a private establishment and sets forth the exclusive penalty for such activity.
  • (h) This subdivision does not apply to a security guard acting in the course and scope of employment. The owner or operator of a private establishment may require the display of official credentials issued by the company, which must be licensed by the Private Detective and Protective Agent Services Board, that employs the security guard and the guard’s permit card prior to granting the guard entrance into the private establishment.

State Park Carry


NO Without Permit

Yes With Permit

With a carry permit from Minnesota or state that Minnesota recognizes you can carry in the following areas;

  • State parks
  • Natural areas
  • State/national forests
  • Wildlife management areas
  • Roadside rest areas

There are a couple of exceptions where you cannot carry. Carrying a firearm in the following areas is prohibited;

  • Bayport WMA in Washington County
  • Hastings WMA in Dakota County
  • Raguet WMA in Scott and Carver Counties
 

Restaurant Carry


NO Without Permit

Yes With Permit

There are no specific Minnesota statutes that forbid carrying a firearm in a restaurant or bar. If the restaurant is not displaying a No Weapons sign and you are not under the influence then you can enter a restaurant that serves alcohol.

You are legally under the influence if you have a greater than .04 blood alcohol level.

We advice anyone carrying a firearm not to consume alcohol while in a bar or restaurant. The dangers of making an impaired decision that could have life changing repercussions is just not worth the risk.

Subdivision 1. Acts prohibited.
A person may not carry a pistol on or about the person’s clothes or person in a public place:

 

  1. when the person is under the influence of a controlled substance, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 4;
  2. when the person is under the influence of a combination of any two or more of the elements named in clauses (1) and (4);
  3. when the person is under the influence of an intoxicating substance as defined in section 169A.03, subdivision 11a, and the person knows or has reason to know that the substance has the capacity to cause impairment;
  4. when the person is under the influence of alcohol;
  5. when the person’s alcohol concentration is 0.10 or more; or
  6. when the person’s alcohol concentration is less than 0.10, but more than 0.04.

There is full state preemption over local gun laws. However, local governments may regulate the discharge of firearms.

Minnesota has a duty to retreat law. This means a person is required to retreat and can only use deadly force as a last resort.

Minnesota does not have a red flag law.

Minnesota Court Cases

CourtCaseDateDescription
MN Appeals CourtAO7-1315/02/08Churches allowed to ban firearms
MN Supreme CourtC8-98-966/17/99Self defense ruling

Statute

Subdivision 1.When authorized.
Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 2, reasonable force may be used upon or toward the person of another without the other’s consent when the following circumstances exist or the actor reasonably believes them to exist:

  1.  when used by a public officer or one assisting a public officer under the public officer’s direction:
    • (a) in effecting a lawful arrest; or
    • (b) in the execution of legal process; or
    • (c) in enforcing an order of the court; or
    • (d) in executing any other duty imposed upon the public officer by law; or
  2. when used by a person not a public officer in arresting another in the cases and in the manner provided by law and delivering the other to an officer competent to receive the other into custody; or
  3. when used by any person in resisting or aiding another to resist an offense against the person; or
  4. when used by any person in lawful possession of real or personal property, or by another assisting the person in lawful possession, in resisting a trespass upon or other unlawful interference with such property; or
  5. when used by any person to prevent the escape, or to retake following the escape, of a person lawfully held on a charge or conviction of a crime; or
  6. when used by a parent, guardian, teacher, or other lawful custodian of a child or pupil, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain or correct such child or pupil; or
  7. when used by a school employee or school bus driver, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain a child or pupil, or to prevent bodily harm or death to another; or
  8. when used by a common carrier in expelling a passenger who refuses to obey a lawful requirement for the conduct of passengers and reasonable care is exercised with regard to the passenger’s personal safety; or
  9. when used to restrain a person with a mental illness or a person with a developmental disability from self-injury or injury to another or when used by one with authority to do so to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the person’s control, conduct, or treatment; or
  10. when used by a public or private institution providing custody or treatment against one lawfully committed to it to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the control, conduct, or treatment of the committed person.

Subd. 2.Deadly force used against peace officers.
Deadly force may not be used against peace officers who have announced their presence and are performing official duties at a location where a person is committing a crime or an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.

The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor’s place of abode.

Subdivision 1.Deadly force defined.
For the purposes of this section, “deadly force” means force which the actor uses with the purpose of causing, or which the actor should reasonably know creates a substantial risk of causing, death or great bodily harm. The intentional discharge of a firearm, other than a firearm loaded with less lethal munitions and used by a peace officer within the scope of official duties, in the direction of another person, or at a vehicle in which another person is believed to be, constitutes deadly force. “Less lethal munitions” means projectiles which are designed to stun, temporarily incapacitate, or cause temporary discomfort to a person. “Peace officer” has the meaning given in section 626.84, subdivision 1.

Subd. 2.Use of deadly force.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 609.06 or 609.065, the use of deadly force by a peace officer in the line of duty is justified only when necessary:

  1.  to protect the peace officer or another from apparent death or great bodily harm;
  2.  to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the peace officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of deadly force; or
  3.  to effect the arrest or capture, or prevent the escape, of a person whom the officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or attempted to commit a felony if the officer reasonably believes that the person will cause death or great bodily harm if the person’s apprehension is delayed.
Subd. 3.No defense.
This section and sections 609.06, 609.065 and 629.33 may not be used as a defense in a civil action brought by an innocent third party.
 

The legislature preempts all authority of a home rule charter or statutory city including a city of the first class, county, town, municipal corporation, or other governmental subdivision, or any of their instrumentality’s, to regulate firearms, ammunition, or their respective components to the complete exclusion of any order, ordinance or regulation by them except that:

  • (a) a governmental subdivision may regulate the discharge of firearms; and
  • (b) a governmental subdivision may adopt regulations identical to state law. Local regulation inconsistent with this section is void.

Handgun Purchases in Minnesota

Overview of Purchasing Handguns in Minnesota

Minnesota is a state that requires a permit to purchase any handgun. This applies to purchases, sales and any gift, loan, assignment or other delivery from another person. The permit to carry doubles as a permit to purchase and will allow unlimited purchases while the permit is valid.

To purchase or transfer ownership of a handgun the law requires you to have either a Permit to Carry or a License to purchase/transfer a firearm. Shotguns and rifles are exempt and may be purchased without a permit. All handguns purchased through a FFL in Minnesota are recorded on the states computer system. You are also required by law to keep a record of any sale, whether through a FFL or private sale.

Private sellers of handguns cannot sell the weapon to a prohibited person. If they do sell a handgun to a prohibited person then they are guilty of a gross misdemeanor if the buyer then uses the handgun during the commission of a felony crime of violence within one year after the transfer. The problem here is how can you verify that a buyer is not a prohibited person? Without access to the police database you would simply be unable to verify that.

All federally licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks for any sale of handguns at shows. If the sale takes place at the gun show or any other place between private persons then Minnesota law does not require a background check.

All FFL dealers will require a background check. There is no requirement for a background check for private sales, however we advise you to keep any sales receipts to verify ownership of the firearm.

There are no exemptions from background checks, even if you have a permit to carry. If you have a carry permit that has an expiry date of Aug. 1, 2019 or later this qualifies as an alternative to the FBI NICS background check. Of course you can still avoid a background check by purchasing privately.

If a person has a Permit to Carry or a Purchasing License then there is no waiting period after the firearm has been purchased. If those permits are not produced then there is a 5 – 7 day waiting period if the firearm is purchased from a FFL. In some cases the chief of police or sheriff can give a waiver.

There is no requirement in Minnesota to register a handgun

The minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Minnesota is 18.

Purchasing Process

  • In Minnesota you will need either a Permit to Carry a Pistol or a permit to Transfer/Purchase a Firearm to buy or transfer the ownership of a pistol.
  • To apply for a Permit to Transfer/Purchase a Firearm you will need to submit the application in person to your local sheriff’s office or chief of police or the county sheriff’s office. Some form of state ID such as a drivers license will be required.
  • When your application is submitted the sheriff’s office will run a background check, this can take up to 7 days to complete. If you clear the check then a Permit to Transfer/Purchase will be mailed to you. The permits are valid for a period of 1 year from it’s issue date.
  • If you are only purchasing one firearm you can often apply directly at the gun shop. There may be a fee for this service and a background check will still be required.

Statutes

Subdivision 1.Information.
Any person may apply for a transferee permit by providing the following information in writing to the chief of police of an organized full time police department of the municipality in which the person resides or to the county sheriff if there is no such local chief of police:

  1.  the name, residence, telephone number, and driver’s license number or nonqualification certificate number, if any, of the proposed transferee;
  2.  the sex, date of birth, height, weight, and color of eyes, and distinguishing physical characteristics, if any, of the proposed transferee;
  3.  a statement that the proposed transferee authorizes the release to the local police authority of commitment information about the proposed transferee maintained by the commissioner of human services, to the extent that the information relates to the proposed transferee’s eligibility to possess a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon under section 624.713, subdivision 1; and
  4.  a statement by the proposed transferee that the proposed transferee is not prohibited by section 624.713 from possessing a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon.

The statements shall be signed and dated by the person applying for a permit. At the time of application, the local police authority shall provide the applicant with a dated receipt for the application. The statement under clause (3) must comply with any applicable requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, sections 2.31 to 2.35, with respect to consent to disclosure of alcohol or drug abuse patient records.

Subd. 2.Investigation.

The chief of police or sheriff shall check criminal histories, records and warrant information relating to the applicant through the Minnesota Crime Information System, the national criminal record repository, and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The chief of police or sheriff shall also make a reasonable effort to check other available state and local record-keeping systems. The chief of police or sheriff shall obtain commitment information from the commissioner of human services as provided in section 245.041.

Subd. 3.Forms.

Chiefs of police and sheriffs shall make transferee permit application forms available throughout the community. There shall be no charge for forms, reports, investigations, notifications, waivers or any other act performed or materials provided by a government employee or agency in connection with application for or issuance of a transferee permit.

Subd. 4.Grounds for disqualification.

A determination by the chief of police or sheriff that the applicant is prohibited by section 624.713 from possessing a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon shall be the only basis for refusal to grant a transferee permit.

Subd. 5.Granting of permits.

The chief of police or sheriff shall issue a transferee permit or deny the application within seven days of application for the permit. The chief of police or sheriff shall provide an applicant with written notification of a denial and the specific reason for the denial. The permits and their renewal shall be granted free of charge.

Subd. 6.Permits valid statewide.

Transferee permits issued pursuant to this section are valid statewide and shall expire after one year. A transferee permit may be renewed in the same manner and subject to the same provisions by which the original permit was obtained, except that all renewed permits must comply with the standards adopted by the commissioner under section 624.7151. Permits issued pursuant to this section are not transferable. A person who transfers a permit in violation of this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Subd. 7.Permit voided.

The transferee permit shall be void at the time that the holder becomes prohibited from possessing a pistol under section 624.713, in which event the holder shall return the permit within five days to the issuing authority. Failure of the holder to return the permit within the five days is a misdemeanor unless the court finds that the circumstances or the physical or mental condition of the permit holder prevented the holder from complying with the return requirement.

Subd. 8.

Hearing upon denial. Any person aggrieved by denial of a transferee permit may appeal the denial to the district court having jurisdiction over the county or municipality in which the denial occurred.

Subd. 9.

Permit to carry. A valid permit to carry issued pursuant to section 624.714 constitutes a transferee permit for the purposes of this section and section 624.7132.

Subd. 10.

Transfer report not required. A person who transfers a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon to a person exhibiting a valid transferee permit issued pursuant to this section or a valid permit to carry issued pursuant to section 624.714 is not required to file a transfer report pursuant to section 624.7132, subdivision 1.

Subd. 11.

Penalty. A person who makes a false statement in order to obtain a transferee permit knowing or having reason to know the statement is false is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Subd. 12.

Local regulation. This section shall be construed to supersede municipal or county regulation of the issuance of transferee permits.

Subd. 1f.Gross misdemeanor; transferring firearm without background check.

A person, other than a federally licensed firearms dealer, who transfers a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon to another without complying with the transfer requirements of section 624.7132, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor if the transferee possesses or uses the weapon within one year after the transfer in furtherance of a felony crime of violence, and if:

  1.  the transferee was prohibited from possessing the weapon under section 624.713 at the time of the transfer; or
  2.  it was reasonably foreseeable at the time of the transfer that the transferee was likely to use or possess the weapon in furtherance of a felony crime of violence.

§Subdivision 1.Ineligible persons.

The following persons shall not be entitled to possess ammunition or a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon or, except for clause (1), any other firearm:

(1) a person under the age of 18 years except that a person under 18 may possess ammunition designed for use in a firearm that the person may lawfully possess and may carry or possess a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon

  1.  in the actual presence or under the direct supervision of the person’s parent or guardian,
  2.  for the purpose of military drill under the auspices of a legally recognized military organization and under competent supervision,
  3.  for the purpose of instruction, competition, or target practice on a firing range approved by the chief of police or county sheriff in whose jurisdiction the range is located and under direct supervision; or
  4.  if the person has successfully completed a course designed to teach marksmanship and safety with a pistol or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon and approved by the commissioner of natural resources;

FAQ - Minnesota Gun Laws

A permit to carry is not required of a person: (Minnesota Statute 624.714 Subd. 9) To keep or carry about the person’s place of business, dwelling house, premises or on land possessed by the person a pistol; To carry a pistol from a place of purchase to the person’s dwelling house or place of business, or from the person’s dwelling house or place of business to or from a place where repairing is done, to have the pistol repaired; To carry a pistol between the person’s dwelling house and place of business; To carry a pistol in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this state for the purpose of hunting or of target shooting in a safe area; To transport a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat if the pistol is unloaded, contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box, or securely tied package.

No, non-residents of the state will need to personally hand in their application a Minnesota sheriff’s office.

Yes, mainly to deal with legal aspects of carrying a handgun in Minnesota. This is not taught by the military hence you will need to attend the class to learn about it.

You can apply to the sheriff for an emergency permit to carry and he will make a decision on wether there is an immediate risk to your safety that justifies an emergency permit being issued.

Yes, you must have your carry permit and state ID at all times you have a handgun on your person.

Yes, you are required by law to notify the sheriff within 30 days of your new address. Failure to do so is a petty misdemeanor.

You cannot carry a handgun into a private establishment if they have posted No Weapons signs or personally notify you that guns are not allowed. No Gun signs are not backed up by the law but you could still be charged with trespass.

From this website or your local police department or county sheriffs office.

Yes, employers can ban any weapons from their premises while you are working.

Yes, the owner of a residence can ban any weapons from being on the property.

No, landlords cannot stop a tenant or guest from having weapons at the residence.

Minnesota Licensing Offices

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety

Hours


Monday – Friday    8am – 4pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed

Contact


Address   1430 Maryland Ave. East St. Paul, MN 55106

Phone       (651) 793-7000

Fax:           (651) 793-7001