In Minnesota, you must obtain a handgun permit to carry a firearm on (or near) your body (either openly or concealed), unless you are on your own property, at your place of business, or engaged in lawful hunting activities. (Mn. Stat. Ann. § 624.714.) The law does not distinguish between open or concealed carry for the purposes of issuing a permit.
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Minnesota.
To obtain a handgun permit, you must complete an application and apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
Additionally, you must NOT:
(Mn. Stat. Ann. § 624.714.)
A permit is valid for a period of five years and additional training is required to renew your license.
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.
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.
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.