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.