MINNESOTA GUN LAWS

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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 recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia

Idaho – Honors ID Enhanced Only

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

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

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

Minnesota Contacts


Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

Hours

Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact

Address 1430 Maryland Ave. East

CitySt. Paul, MN 55106

Phone (651) 793-7000

 

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Drew
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Drew

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.

kevin
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kevin

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)?

Millie Hue
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Millie Hue

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

Ryan
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Ryan

Can a felon have muzzle loaders in mn if so what kind

Kaiser C.
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Kaiser C.

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.

Dylan
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Dylan

Yes a felon can own a black powder rifle or shotgun

Jim
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Jim

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???

LKR
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LKR

This is true. You cannot legally carry in MN with a WI permit. MN does NOT honor permits from WI. However, WI will honor permits from MN. This is perhaps why you’re confused. This link is extremely helpful and given to me by my CCW course instructor: https://www.usacarry.com/concealed_carry_permit_reciprocity_maps.html

Barbara Ramos
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Barbara Ramos

You can carry in Minnesota.

Barbara Ramos
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Barbara Ramos

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

Kaiser C.
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Kaiser C.

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.

KRS
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KRS

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??

Michael
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Michael

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.

Dan
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Dan

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?

JIF
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JIF

They should

Edgardo Barreto
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Edgardo Barreto

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.

Peter
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Peter

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

Michael
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Michael

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…

Dylan
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Dylan

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

Pearcy marks
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Pearcy marks

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

John dough
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John dough

As long as it’s not a felony DWI, then you can get one.

Dan
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Dan

Does Michigan honor Minnesota carry permit?

Rich
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Rich

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

Brian M
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Brian M

NEED TO FIX. In the summary box, it says for No Weapons Signs Enforced NO but when you read where you cannot carry, it states “Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises.”

I don’t give my business to anywhere that posts that anyway, unless out of necessity (only choice kinda thing).

I will look at the MN.gov website to be sure, just wanted to mention the error on this page.

Jordan
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Jordan

Not an error. The signs have to meet certain verbiage and location requirements. ‘No Weapons’ does not meet these requirements, and as such, does not carry the weight of the law.

JIF
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JIF

Just to let you know, the owner also has the right to verbally inform you of their policy to ban guns in their premises, doesn’t have a sign posted. You cannot be charged with anything unless you are asked to leave and refuse to do so. Then it would be a $25 trespassing charge. MN 624.714 subd. 17

safetypro
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safetypro

Why training? Well, as a veteran – former LEO – and conceal carry citizen, I am also a career-long trainer/educator. In my professional opinion, to resist training for something as essential – critical – as carrying a firearm is sad to me. Why anyone would not immerse in training regarding all aspects of conceal carry is a puzzlement. In spite of my extensive training in firearms carry & use, from 1972 to this very day, I participate in a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education in conceal carry. Opportunities abound to learn more and further develop the discipline needed… Read more »

Ben
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Ben

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.

Kaiser C.
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Kaiser C.

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… Read more »

John
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John

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

Steve
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Steve

Minnesota no longer accepts ANY Nevada concealed carry licenses (nor many others). You must either apply for a “non-resident Minnesota license” OR obtain a “resident” or “non-resident” license from an approved state on the Minnesota Reciprocity List, such as Idaho. See below link:

https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/administrative/Pages/permit-to-carry-reciprocity.aspx

jerry
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jerry

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

SCPistolero
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SCPistolero

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

Zen
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Zen

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

G I Joe
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G I Joe

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

Bob
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Bob

yeah almost any is better – Semper Fi !!