Minnesota Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Minnesota.

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In Minnesota, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body, unless you are on your own property, at your place of business, or engaged in lawful hunting activities. (Mn. Stat. Ann. § 624.714.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Minnesota.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in Minnesota

To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be a United States citizen or permanent resident, and
  • provide evidence that you have completed a firearms safety training course.

Additionally, you must NOT:

  • have committed certain specified crimes, be on bail, or have a protection order currently against you
  • be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, and
  • be listed in the Minnesota criminal gang investigative data system.

(Mn. Stat. Ann. § 624.714.)

Does Minnesota Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

Yes. Minnesota recognizes valid concealed handgun permits from states that have gun laws substantially similar to Minnesota’s. If you have a license from one of these states, and you are not a Minnesota resident, your license is valid in Minnesota. If you are a Minnesota resident (or become one), you must apply for a Minnesota permit.

A current list of reciprocal states is available at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s website.

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License

It is a gross misdemeanor to carry a concealed firearm without a permit in Minnesota. Penalties include a fine of up to $3,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Minnesota, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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