Minnesota Gun Laws

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in Minnesota, here are some facts about Minnesota gun laws.


Minnesota gun laws generally operate on a shall-issue policy, but Minnesota is not officially a shall-issue state.  Concealed carry permits or Permit to Carry a Pistol (PCP) are at the local level by the Sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence. Anyone resident of Minnesota at least 21 years old can apply for a concealed carry license in Minnesota.

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Gun in Minnesota?

No, there is no waiting period to buy a gun in Minnesota.

Is A Permit Required To Purchase A Handgun In Minnesota?

Yes, in Minnesota a permit to purchase is required to buy handguns and long guns that have a pistol grip, however, a Permit to Carry a Pistol also acts as a permit to purchase for Minnesota residents. Other long guns may be purchased without a permit.

Do You Need To Register Handguns in Minnesota?

No. Handguns, rifles and shotguns do not have to be registered in Minnesota.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Minnesota?

Any Minnesota state resident who is at least 21 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Permit to Carry a Pistol (PCP).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in Minnesota For a Concealed Carry Permit?

Yes, Minnesota concealed carry permit applicants are required to take a firearms training course.

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Minnesota?

Guidelines to obtain an Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a legal resident of Minnesota
  • Must complete a firearms safety course
  • Must meet federal law requirements

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit in Minnesota?

In Minnesota you need to apply online for a Concealed Handgun Permit by going to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website: dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca. Application processing time is 30 days.

Step 1: Complete a firearms training course

Step 2: Pick up an application at your local sheriffs office or download Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website

Step 3: Submit the completed application, certificate of firearms training, driver’s license or stat ID, and fee to your local sheriff’s office

How Much Does A Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit Cost?

The fee for a Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit is $100.

Does Minnesota Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

Yes, Minnesota recognizes concealed carry permits from states with similar requirements.

Is Minnesota a Constitutional Carry State?

No, Minnesota is not a constitutional carry state.

Is Minnesota an Open Carry State?

Yes, open carry is legal in Minnesota with a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol (PCP) .

Is Minnesota a Stand Your Ground State?

No, Minnesota is not a Castle Doctrine state or a Stand Your Ground state. There is a duty to retreat.

Are AR-Style and Other Semi-Auto Rifles Legal in Minnesota?

Yes, magazine-fed semi-auto rifles are legal to buy and possess in Minnesota.

Are Standard-Capacity Magazines Allowed in Minnesota?

Yes, in Minnesota, there are no state magazine-capacity restrictions.

Does Minnesota Have Gun Storage Laws?

Yes, Minnesota does not have a gun storage law that states it is against the law to store or leave a loaded firearm where a person knows, or should reasonably know, that a child under 18 years old is likely to gain access to it.

Is Minnesota a Red Flag State?

No, Minnesota does not have a Red Flag law.

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Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including tacticallife.com, range365.com, shootingillustrated.com, personaldefenseworld.com and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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