Minnesota

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Minnesota operates on a “Shall Issue” policy for permits or licenses. There are permits for residents and non-residents. You must be 21 to file an application, and you need to complete a training course. Applications are made at the local level to the county sheriff’s office in the person’s county of residence. Non-residents must apply at a sheriff’s office. You don’t need a permit to keep a firearm at home, transport a firearm, or in a place of business.

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  • 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

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

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    Places Allowed

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

    Places Not Allowed

    • 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. 

    Minnesota

    Yes
    NO – Without a Permit YES – With a Permit Open carry is legal inn Minnesota if you have a license to carry.
    Yes
    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.
    Yes
    YES You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
    Yes
    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.
    No
    No
    NO “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.
    No
    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.

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    Quick Facts

    Open Carry

    Yes

    Carry In Vehicle

    Yes

    Carry In State Parks

    Yes

    Carry In Restaurants

    Yes

    Constitutional Carry

    No

    No Weapons Signs Enforced

    No

    Must Notify Officer

    No
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