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.
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.
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.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
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.
With a Permit Open carry is legal in Minnesota if you have a license to carry.
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.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
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 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 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.