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Minnesota Gun Laws

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Minnesota is considered a "shall-issue" state in regard to concealed carry permits. These permits are issued from the applicant's local sheriff's office.

Two Options For Purchasing Firearms In Minnesota:

1) Private Individual

If you purchase a firearm from a private individual, you will not need to have a firearm permit. You will not need a background check or will you be required to register the firearm or handgun.

2) Federal Firearm Dealer

If you purchase from a federal firearm dealer, you will be subject to a background check. Although it's no required to have a permit nor will you need to register the firearm.

You are allowed to open carry in Minnesota if you're a legal resident or resident of a state that Minnesota honors.

Concealed carry within Minnesota is legal if you have a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol, or a recognized permit from a state Minnesota honors. You must be at least 21 years old and have completed a firearms training course to receive the PCP. There are both resident and non-resident permits available. If you're a non-resident you can apply to any sheriff's office within the state.

Minnesota will only honor permits from states who honor the Minnesota PCP.

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Minnesota Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? No
Must Notify Officer? No

Minnesota CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Honors These States CCW Permits

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

How Reciprocity Works In Minnesota

Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Minnesota. During their time in Minnesota, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Minnesota

Minnesota: Where Is CCW Allowed?

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: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry


With a Permit Open carry is legal in Minnesota if you have a license to carry.

Carry In Vehicle


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.

Carry In State Parks


You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Carry In Restaurants


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.

Constitutional Carry


No Weapon Signs Enforced


“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.

Must Notify Officer


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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