MINNESOTA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide
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South Dakota – Honors SD Enhanced Permit Only
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
- Complete a firearms training course, must be within one year of your application.
- Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
- 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
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.
WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT
Where You Can Carry
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- 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
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received.
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.
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.
Without a permit/license you cannot open carry. However, open carry is legal in Minnesota if you have a permit/license.
“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.
Get in Touch
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
Address 1430 Maryland Ave. East
CitySt. Paul, MN 55106
Phone (651) 793-7000