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minnesota ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Minnesota gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy. Resident and non-resident permits are available. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and complete a firearms training course. Applications are made at the local level to the county sheriff’s office in the person's county of residence. Non-residents can apply at any sheriff's office. Permits are not required for transporting a firearm, keeping it at home or in a place of business.

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Minnesota CCW Permit

Minnesota is a “shall issue” state.
Non-resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must complete an application form
  • Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under Minnesota law
  • Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system
  • Must be a resident of the county from which you are requesting a permit, if you reside in Minnesota. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff.
  • Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete a firearms training course, must be within one year of your application.
  2. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Photocopy of certificate from firearms course
    • Photocopy of your drivers license or state ID card or photo page of your passport
  4. Submit all the above documents to the Sheriffs Office in the county you reside in.
  5. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Fees are determined by the county Sheriff.

New Permits: not to exceed $100
Renewal: not to exceed $75

an additional fee of $10 will be applied if a renewal is 30 days after the expiration date.

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Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school building and grounds
  • A child care center while children are present
  • School bus
  • Portion of a building or facility under the temporary, exclusive control of a public or private school where signs are posted.
  • Public colleges and universities – may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus
  • Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises
  • Places of employment, public or private, if employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by is employees
  • State correctional facilities
  • State hospitals and grounds
  • Any jail, lockup or correctional facility
  • Courthouse complexes
  • Churches and parking area if posted
  • Offices and courtrooms of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
  • Any state building
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Minnesota Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the local Chief of Police or county Sheriff. Non-residents can apply to any county Sheriff.
30 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Minnesota gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Minnesota gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law due to an Appeals Court ruling (A07-131) unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
It is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle without a permit/license. You can still carry a firearm in a vehicle provided the firearm is unloaded and stored in a locked container. These restrictions do not apply if you have a concealed carry permit/license.
NO – Without a Permit/License
Without a permit/license you cannot open carry. However, open carry is legal in Minnesota if you have a permit/license.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Minnesota Contacts

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension


Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1430 Maryland Ave. East

CitySt. Paul, MN 55106

Phone (651) 793-7000


  1. why do I need to take a class if I have been honorably discharged from army. there is no better training then the army

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