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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Mena
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Mena

Quick question

Mena
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Mena

I recently purchased my licens to Carry and obtained a dwi does that take my licens away?

Pinko
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Pinko

Yes. You must surrender your permit to carry

Lily Greene
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Lily Greene

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.

Lily Greene
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Lily Greene

Meant Kansas, not is

Mike
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Mike

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

Julianna Valure
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Julianna Valure

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… Read more »

Gerry
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Gerry

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.

Armando
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Armando

No, the simple truth is that you must wait until you are of age. In the meantime, I would recommend partnering with an adult or law enforcement and get the support you need. Obviously, you have a concern, but a gun will not solve this issue. You have to keep in mind that even if you are of age and you do have a gun, that still does not guarantee your safety. I like to tell people that the best course of action, is no course of action. A weapon should only be used in the final moment of your… Read more »

Jon
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Jon

Hi,

I’m 18 with no history of violence or anything that says I’m not allowed a firearm. The BCA website says that you cannot purchase a handgun before 21 from a federally recognized dealer, however; it doesn’t say that I cannot have a permit to carry. So is there some grey area, that if I’m gifted a handgun, I can still get an open carry license?

Gerry
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Gerry

MN doesn’t have an open carry license. It is only called “permit to carry”. So, sadly no, you’d have to wait until you’re 21 in order to carry it on your person.

Sarah
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Sarah

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?

Elijah
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Elijah

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.

Gerry
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Gerry

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… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

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

David
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David

I’m a Minnesota resident with ccw permit. On usa carry website it shows South Carolina as reciprocity but your website does not show that. Who’s correct?

Stan Robertson
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Stan Robertson

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.

Chris
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Chris

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.

Matt
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Matt

I agreed with Chris here.

christian roloff
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christian roloff

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

Terry
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Terry

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

Mike
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Mike

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

Rgr275
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Rgr275

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.

Guest
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Guest

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?

Guest
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Guest

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

Tom Smith
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Tom Smith

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

Guest
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Guest

Being a felon..

Blake
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Blake

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

Justin
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Justin

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

Guest
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Guest

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.

gyrfalcon
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gyrfalcon

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.

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.

Rob Doar
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Rob Doar

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

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)?

Rob Doar
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Rob Doar

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.

Mike
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Mike

No, the can’t legally post that.

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

Rob Doar
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Rob Doar

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.”

Marc
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Marc

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

Laura
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Laura

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

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