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Minnesota CCW Laws & Reciprocity Map

Minnesota CCW Laws & Reciprocity Map

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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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Quick Facts on Minnesota Gun Laws

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Summary of Minnesota Gun Laws

If your in a rush here is a brief overview
SubjectHand GunLong GunNotes
Ammunition restrictions
Assault weapon lawAssault 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 checksBackground checks are not required for private sales.
Concealed carry permit required
Carrying 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 registration
Magazine capacity restriction
Open carry permit required?

You 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 required
Peaceable journey law

Provided a gun is unloaded, in a case and legally possessed it my be transported in a motor vehicle.
Purchase permit requiredFor 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 weapons

Short-barreled shotguns and machine guns are prohibited. Short-barreled rifles and sound suppressors are legal.
State preemption of local restrictions

Discharge of firearms can be regulated by municipalities within their borders.
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Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit

Information on the 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.


To qualify for a Minnesota Permit to Carry applicants must meet these criteria.
  • 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

Valid For

5 Years

Non-Resident Permits

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.

Address & Name Changes

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.

Stolen or Lost Permits

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.

Fee schedule

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


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.


CCW Training in Minnesota

Minnesota permit to carry training requirements.

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.


Firearms training must include the following;
  • 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.

When Required

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.

Accepted Courses

  • 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.


Minnesota Permit to Carry Applications

How to apply for a Minnesota permit to carry

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.
You will need to complete a firearms training course within one year prior to your permit application.

Download the Permit To Carry a Pistol application form. You can also pick the application form up at your county sheriff's office.

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


  • 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).


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Minnesota Permit to Carry Renewals

How to renew your Minnesota permit to carry

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


Minnesota Reciprocity Guide

What states honor the Minnesota permit to carry?

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.

Minnesota Reciprocity

Concealed carry permits from other states that Minnesota honors.
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.

Reciprocating States

States that honor a Minnesota permit
North Carolina
North Dakota

Restricted Reciprocity

States that will not honor all Minnesota permits.
South Carolina1

1. Will only honor "Resident Only" permits and not those issued to non-residents.

States Not Reciprocating

States that will not honor a Minnesota permit
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
West Virginia

Districts Not Reciprocating

Districts and territories that will not honor a Minnesota permit
American Samoa
District of Columbia
North Marianas
Porto Rico
Virgin Islands

Constitutional Carry

No permit required in these states


New Hampshire1
South Dakota1
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

All the forms you need for a Minnesota concealed carry permit.

Off-limit Places in Minnesota for Carrying a Firearm

Places listed as off limits still apply if you have a Minnesota permit to carry.
off limit places for concealed carry in Minnesota

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.
  • Public or private elementary, middle or secondary school building and grounds;
  • A child care center while children are present;
  • School buses being used to transport elementary, middle, or secondary school students to and from school-related activities,
  • 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 policies restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus);
  • Minnesota courts have ruled that a church may prohibit firearms from its property, including parking facilities and parking areas owned or operated by the church, and may notify its employees and the public in any manner it chooses;
  • 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 its employees;
  • Innkeepers may refuse to admit or refuse service or accommodations to any person the innkeeper reasonably believes is bringing firearms into the hotel;
  • Any public place when under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or any combination thereof;
  • State correctional facilities; State hospitals and grounds; Any jail, lockup or correctional facility;
  • and Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.


Constitutional Provisions

There is no state constitutional right in Minnesota to bear or keep arms.
"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

Current Minnesota firearms laws
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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
Without Permit
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.
Open Carry
With Permit
Without 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.
Must inform officer
Without Permit
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.
No Gun Signs Enforced
  • 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.
State Park Carry
Without Permit
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
Without Permit
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.

State Preemption

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

Self Defence Laws

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.

Red Flag Law

Minnesota does not have a red flag law.

Minnesota Court Cases

MN Appeals CourtAO7-1315/02/08Churches allowed to ban firearms
MN Supreme CourtC8-98-966/17/99Self defense ruling
Click on the case number to view.


History of Minnesota gun laws

Learn the history of gun laws in Minnesota from 1906 until today.


Before 1906 there was no restrictions on owning or carrying handguns. A law enacted in 1906 said judges, police or mayors could authorize a person to carry a loaded handgun if there was good reason for the applicant to fear for injury to his person or property.


Law enacted to license gun dealers and banned "unnaturalized foreign born" persons from having a license.


Aliens and persons under the age of 15 are prohibited from having a license.


Temporary licenses made available for unlicensed persons to purchase and possess a handgun in their home or place of business.


Law enacted to punish the carrying of a handgun either loaded or unloaded with no distinction between open or concealed carry.


Before 1968 no license was required to possess a handgun in your home or place of business. 1968 saw a law enacted that required persons to have a Firearms Identification card (FID) to possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun in his home or to carry a shotgun or rifle outside his home.


One year mandatory sentence created for carrying any type of gun outside a home without the proper type of license.


The 1975 law was changed by removing the word "carry" and replacing it with "possesses".


Saw major changes to the gun laws. One change was that you could no longer possess a handgun in your home with just a FID card. Now with a FID card you could only possess the handgun on a licensed gun range. Before this new law in 1997 you could own a handgun, rifle or shotgun in your home or place of business and carry a rifle or shotgun (but not a handgun) outside your home with just a FID card.


As of January 1, 2015 the state no longer issues the type A or B LTC license. There is now only one type of LTC license that is the same as the old type A license.


Red flag law is enacted giving a judge the authority to order the confiscation of firearms if he thinks the owner is a threat to himself or others.

Handgun Purchases in Minnesota

What do I need to buy a handgun 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.

Purchase Permit

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 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.

Gun Shows

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.

Background Checks

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.

Exemptions from Background Checks

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.

Waiting Period

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.

Registering Handguns

There is no requirement in Minnesota to register a handgun.

Minimum Age

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.


Minnesota Licensing Offices

Where is my local firearms licensing office?
  • Minnesota residents only option is to apply at their local Sheriff's office.
  • Non-residents of Minnesota have a few more options. They can file an application with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension or at any Minnesota county sheriffs office.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension only deals with non-resident CCW permits and will not accept applications from Minnesota residents. Clicking on the link will provide more information at their website.

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety

1430 Maryland Ave. East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 793-7000
Fax: (651) 793-7001
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm

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  1. Regarding the “woods and waters” clause… We are from another state, one whose permits MN does not honor. We take a week long fishing trip in the north woods near the boundary waters every year. Many guys in our group carry, and say it’s perfectly legal because the woods and waters clause. I’ve never been confident enough to carry myself. Would we be likely to have a problem because we aren’t hunting or target shooting? Could we say we are hunting walleye? 🙂 I would think if you don’t have a hunting license it would be hard to say you’re hunting. Maybe carry a few paper targets folded up in your tackle box? I know that sounds silly, I’m just not sure how much to the letter this law is enforced, and it’s a pretty big gamble. It would be nice to carry confidently though because the area has a lot of wolves and bears.

    1. NOPE, they are not legal. This is language that allows a person without a carry permit to have a firearm for the purpose of hunting with a hunting license, or to target shoot within certain areas such as a state forest. It is NOT a loophole to allow open or concealed carry without a MN permit (or reciprocity state permit).

      From Reddit on the subject:

      “To carry a pistol in the woods or fields or upon the waters of this state for the purpose of hunting”

      Requires a hunting license, obviously. So OP’s friend could carry if he managed to pull a tag (good luck!) and happened to take the trip when the season is open.

      “target shooting in a safe area”

      This only applies to carrying while at your shooting area: carrying your pistol with you while you check targets or while attending an IPSC competition, etc.

      “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.”

      Transport and carry are two different things. You can’t open carry “transport” your handgun without a permit. If the zipper on the gun case is broken you can get a ticket for not fully enclosing the firearm (unless you’re moving from one hunting spot to another, during hunting season, and not through a town of 2,500. That’s only been legal since 2009).

      OP’s friend can A: do some target shooting, away from a campsite, while camping and B: transport the unloaded handgun in a completely enclosed case/gunsock/handgun rug when not actively target shooting. Magazines can be loaded and carried in the same case.

  2. I have a mossberg shockwave, which is considered an other firearm. What are the rules,pertaining to carrying this in a vehicle?

  3. My County Sheriff granted me a permit to purchase in 2017 and it was granted. I recently applied for my CCP and it was denied because of my juvenile record-which all charges were adjudicated or dismissed in 2003. Is it common to be able to receive a permit to purchase but not a CCP and is the best recommendation moving forward to receive my CCP is to complete Petition for Reconsideration of Denial of Firearm Permit or ask the courts to Restore my Civil Rights?

  4. What are the laws in Minnesota if you have a permit to carry and your gun and permit and I’d on you and you see a cop struggling to prevent someone from getting to the cops gun can you legally shoot the person the cop is struggling with to help save the cop or how does that work

    Subdivision 1. [Repealed, 2003 c 28 art 2 s 35; 2005 c 83 s 1]
    Subd. 1a.Permit required; penalty. 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.

    But 624.715 turns around and exempts antique firearms from 624.714.

  6. So – if I understand this correctly – if I have my MN CCW Permit I still must have my rifle/shotgun cased while driving in my car unloaded UNLESS aforementioned are short enough to be bonafide pistols? Accordingly, when parked it is legal to walk around with a long gun if I have a CCW Permit…?

  7. Is it illegal to carry with one in the chamber? Or is it simply not recommended as it could be considered intent to use.

    1. It IS legal to carry with a round in the chamber. Most professionals DO recommend you carry that way with maybe a few dissenting. It is your choice…

  8. I’m back with another question. Again, I have the CCP. Everytime I go to purchase and do the background check, I’m DELAYED in the purchase. I bought 3 firearms on two different days, about a week apart from each other. Day 1 for the first 2, I was delayed 5 days. Then on Purchase 2 for 1 firearm, I was delayed not even 24 hrs. How do I find out what is on my past record that is delaying the purchase?

    1. I also get delayed maybe 5 out of 8 times. I found out the reason is that another in MN with my name (albeit a different middle name, John instead of Jeff) is quite an outlaw who should retire because he apparently cannot get away with anything… I asked my FFL Dealer why they don’t cross-check SSNumbers during the “search” and he just shrugged his shoulders. 🙄

      There are other varieties of reasons, suffice it to say NICS is a government agency – and all that implies…

    2. You could have a common name or share a name with a felon, and they are verifying that you are not in fact a felon.

  9. I have the CCP, so if the police stop me while driving for a minor traffic infraction, can they simply ask if I have a firearm in the vehicle? Then, when I say I do and here’s my CCP, do they have a right to see the firearm and also then have lawfully authority to do a full search of my vehicle or is it limited search to just retrieve the firearm?

    1. Author

      You are not required to tell the police you have a CCW license or firearm. However, if they ask then you are required to tell them , so it all depends on if they ask you.

  10. Can a ccw holder carry while wearing a facial cover (aka a mask)?

  11. Carry of a rifle or shotgun in public, is legal in Minnesota, if you have a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol.

    Minn Stat 624.7181 Subd 1(b)(3)

  12. I’ll be visiting Minnesota for a week and plan to conceal carry, being from is we don’t need permits for anything. Can I conceal carry for safety in MN without a permit.

    1. No, Concealed carry is not allowed without a Permit. If you have a valid KS permit it would be valid in MN.

  13. I am 16, living in Minnesota. As of recently, I have been harrassed on more than one account by an unknown adult male and I feel a serious need to have reliable protection on my person in case I cannot get help immediately when caught in another situation. The last two encounters, I was extremely lucky to have had an escape route but my guardian cannot afford pepper spray or other such things at the moment. Gun safety costs would obviously have to wait as well. Is there any way for me as a minor to have a carry permit in MN if my guardian signs off on it?

    1. I do not believe so. You can however, carry a pocket knife (obviously, in school for example, you cannot and could get into some trouble. It only takes you sitting down and the teacher walking by and seeing the outline and to begin to question it). Just remember, anything can be used as a weapon. Just depends on how you look at it, and use it.

  14. I’m in Minnesota with conceal carry permit. Do I have to have my gun on me while in the vehicle? Lock box? Or can I put in center council?

    1. You do not have to have your gun on you while in your vehicle but you can. You can have it on your person or stored away in your glove compartment, trunk, etc. I’m not to sure about center counsel but I don’t see why not! Just as long as you conceal it if you’re pulled over by 5-0. I ride with mine in my lap sometimes-no biggie.

    2. If you have your permit to carry, you can drive with it on your person or in the center council. I have mine in a holster in my driver side door, on the bottom where it has a little spot for like water bottles and paper and what not. Quick enough to grab if needed, but also concealed from view of other people. Now, if you plan to put it in your center council, PLAN AHEAD. By that, I mean don’t have your insurance or any other thing that would be requested by a officer during a stop in the same place as the firearm. Sometimes, my firearm goes into the glove compartment on the passenger side. Because of this, I put my insurance and anything else that is needed into my center council. I also have my permit to carry in the same spot as my DL. So the officer gets both at the same time right away.

      I also try to get all my info out before I even get to a full stop. Cops love when they walk up and you already have your DL, insurance, and your carry permit in hand. Eliminates you digging around in your vehicle after telling the officer that you have a firearm in your vehicle.

  15. We are from Nebraska can we conceal to carry? Are there special rules in the vehicle?

  16. I am an NRA Certified Instructor, and certified RSO. I also have my CCW. I live in Oklahoma. We honor MN permits, but MN does not honor ours. I was not given a reason why, only that the MN legislative dept. made it so. So I am certified to TEACH in MN, but cannot CARRY in MN?….I’ve reached out to the OK SDA (Self Defense Act) to see if OK can amend the laws, so that MN permits are no longer valid in OK. It only seems fair that we not recognize MN permits, since MN does not recognize ours.

    1. Why wouldn’t you try to lobby MN to change their law?
      Making permits more restrictive because one state doesn’t have their act completely together isn’t helpful. More restrictions are not needed; if your are an NRA instructor then you should be advocating to expand people’s ability to carry. If it was the other way around, I would be happy that people from OK could carry in MN even if I couldn’t carry in OK. My beef wouldn’t be with the ability of others to carry but with the state itself. Your logic is flawed and oddly passive aggressive.

    2. Minnesota has too many anti-gun liberal legislative members. That’s why

    3. Because our State is run by assholes! Sorry and thank you for honoring ours!

  17. Is a Permit required to carry a pre 1899, antique or reproduction pistol?

    1. Yes any combination of a firearm all steel construction and or polymer frame or any object that can deliver a ballistic gel penetration measurement of greater than 1/947th must be regulated/registered and accompanied with the states rights to bear arms documentations when asked by any law enforcement agency documented encounters.

  18. I have had a conceal carry permit for about three years and now my kid is thinking about getting one. He had a felony dwi ( .17) about five years ago. Will that stop him from getting his permit?

    1. I am not an expert but from what I have read while looking into getting my carry permit, you cannot even receive a permit to purchase a handgun if you have a felony. I’m guessing it’s the same, if not more strict, for a permit to carry

      1. Getting an expungement is relatively easy you don’t necessarily have to have a lawyer to do it either

    2. Unfortunately yes, any convicted felonies that are permanently on your record will disqualify you from being able to attain your permit.

  19. Can a Felon of the 5th Degree non violent get a CCW in Minnesota as a non resident. Also I have legally passed a federal background check and purchased a fireman. Thanks

    1. You shouldn’t have been able to purchase. When they ask you if you’ve been convicted of a felony did you say yes? That would have been illegal saying no.

    2. Justin, did you get a felony 5th degree drug charge? If so did the felony charge include probation and a stay of imposition? If it did and you completed your probation correctly the felony charge may have been automatically reduced.

      1. How does it work for people moving to MN from a state with constitutional carry and already owns several firearms both rifles and handguns for permits

  20. I find it interesting that you need to have a permit to open carry in MN. That sounds to me kind of a contradiction of our 2nd amendment right…

    Secondly that is upsetting that MN doesn’t respect military training of small arms. If honorably discharged from the military there should be no need for additional training. Seams like MN is just trying to have businesses make money off this conceal and carry permitting process. Someone in legislation is being supported or bought out by trainers that will be making money from this rule.

    1. LOL. Check out our history of governors since 2005 when Shall Issue became law. Not fans of 2A.

  21. our local minnesota dmv, which is a state facility, has signage for no weapons allowed per the building mgmnt. is this possible , (1) without a corresponding statute on the sign? (2) its a public place (RENTED)?

    1. Many places where you get tabs and licenses are local registrars for MN Driver and Vehicle Services that are actually private businesses.

      If it is a state run center, then they cannot ban.

  22. It’s great to know that the permit can be given to non-residents as well, but you can get one through the sheriff. I will share this information with a friend of mine since they will be visiting us for a couple of weeks this month and next month. She just talked to me about her concerns with her husband’s gun since he plans to bring it with him no matter where they go. He just got it last month that is why there are some laws and rules that they don’t know yet. Thanks! https://www.osseogunclub.com/mn-permit-to-carry-class.html

    1. I’m 99% sure Minnesota doesn’t consider muzzle loaders to be real guns, so I don’t think it’d be illegal.

      I’ll look it up and get back to you later on it.

    2. NO!

      In State vs. Haywood, a felon was convicted under possessing a firearm statute for a BB GUN.

      The State supreme court did overturn the conviction, but held that:

      “Firearm means a device designed to be used as a weapon, from which is expelled a projectile by the force of any explosion or force of combustion.”

      1. Well I guess they didn’t know the difference between combustion and release of air pressure.

      2. I was once told by law enforcement a slingshot could be considered a firearm if the right amount of damage is done. 🙁

  23. I am a Wisconsin Resident with a Wisconsin CCW. I was told by a local sherriff that I cannot carry in Minnesota, i.e. Minnesota does not have reciprocity with Wisconsin. Is this true? Can someone give me that exact law that states my permit is acceptable???

    1. I’m sorry I was wrong. Minnesota can carry in Wisconsin but Wisconsin cannot carry in Minnesota.

    2. As a resident of Minnesota, that’s a bit crap to be honest.

      Try to grab an out of state permit at a cheap county, like Benton.

  24. so can you or cant you carry a firearm in places that post a sign out front banning firearms…?
    Above under the section labeled “Where You Can Not Carry” has a bullet point saying you cant, but below that in the section “Details on Minnesota Gun Laws” is says under “no weapon signs enforced” that theres nothing in mn laws referring to the signs and that theres no law or penalties for carrying a weapon in private property or business that has posted these signs.. So im confused, can you or cant you??

    1. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/624.714 See Subd. 17. Posting; trespass.
      Technically you can. Even with the sign posted the owner/representative must make a reasonable request informing you that firearms are not allowed and you must leave. If you do not leave you can be charged with a misdemeanor. This only applies to private and businesses there are still locations where you cannot carry a firearm under MN statutes.

  25. I turned 21 a couple months ago. The new ID’s are behind so I’ll have to wait another 4 months to get it. I do not have a passport. I did the conceal and carry class and passed so I have my certificate. All I have is a void stamped license with my yellow papers will the county accept that?

    1. Your CCP is tied to the state ID number you use for applying. You must carry your permit and the ID you used for applying always together. The yellow paper has no ID number, that is why the Sheriff will most probably not use it. My recommendatiin is to wait it out.

  26. If I am open carrying my weapon and an officer approaches me and demands my permit, do I have to oblige?

    1. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/624.714 Subd. 1b.Display of permit; penalty

      The statute doesn’t differentiate between open or conceal carry. MN permits are carry permits allowing both.

      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…

    2. Yes, you dont have to tell them you are carrying but if they ask you must

  27. If someone has a gross misdemeanor dwi. Are they able to still get a conceal and carry? Would the dwi affect anything.

      1. I have a 5th degree domestic misdemeanor when I was 21. I’m now 42. Can I get a permit to carry? Also can I get a license to buy a hand gun?

        1. No. Any domestic automatically disqualifies you. I had a 5th degree assault when I was 12 and it almost affected my permit to carry because somewhere along the lines it got listed as a domestic. The sheriff and I spent a month tracking down any record to prove it wasn’t domestic and since I was a juvenile it was nearly impossible but the police station had the 1st page of the report which explained enough to show it wasn’t domestic.

  28. Only problem I have with mandating training is it makes it harder for those that are financially burdened to have an opportunity to defend themselves. Training takes time and money that less fortunate people do not have. Firearms are not complicated machines and people who do not have financial means, but have the desire and fortitude, can learn what they need from the internet. Certainly any training you have the opportunity to. But don’t mandate it.

    1. Yeah, it may be a bit tougher if you’re on a budget, but asking around to friends is a great way to get in some range time.

      We Minnesotans are pretty okay about guns in general, so just find a buddy with a gun and they’ll probably let you fiddle with it, shoot it, and give it a pet name. All before you’re even thinking about your own CCW.

      And if you’re visiting from a commie state, most ranges will let you shoot. Some might even give you some handling lessons and shooting techniques if they aren’t too busy at the time.

      Unfortunately, this might not last forever if we keep electing retards into office.

    1. Yes, I have a map for MN if you lake I can email it to you or anyone that would like it.

  29. In addition to MN permit to carry, which out of state permits would maximize number of states (in in terms of reciprocity)?

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      Ohio CCW permits are honored by 38 states so I would try that, Florida permits are also popular.

      1. What happens if your carrying in a state that doesn’t honor your ccw, say MN.Join the discussion…

        1. You would be arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a valid license in that state if I have read correctly in the past. Your gun would also get confiscated as a result. I could be wrong, but seems like the most likely outcome

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      thanks, have removed Nevada. We intend to do a full update and redesign on this page soon.

    2. Just another excuse to make more money for the state.

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

    1. I think the class is necessary to learn when NOT to shoot. Extremely important.

    2. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read, Jerry. You must have been Infantry…

    3. Take the training. Pay attention. The class helps you prove yourself innocent because the system views you as guilty once you fire on someone.

    4. Revenue…. thanks for your service. Budget it as entertainment…. honestly it is a little scary to me the level of weapon training for non-military. It is one thing to understand engineering of a weapon (good for anyone punching targets in controlled environment) another to decide IF and when (hopefully never) to use in dynamic environment.

    5. Honestly my husband served 20 years and I’m more scared of him with a gun than most other people. The habits they teach are scary!!! Not to mention the class definitely teaches how to handle civilian situations to maintain your innocence. It’s quite a bit more broad spectrum than “this is a gun”…

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