YOUR MINNESOTA PISTOL PERMIT TO CARRY AND HOME DEFENSE FIREARMS TRAINING SPECIALIST
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*Minnesota permit holders who plan to visit another state, and who also wish to carry a concealed firearm while visiting that state, are urged to contact that state before traveling. This will allow Minnesota permit holders to determine all restrictions or prohibitions regarding the carrying of concealed firearms in this those states, as well as their laws regarding firearms and weapons in general. Most of these states have web pages dedicated to this subject. State firearm laws and reciprocal agreements may change frequently, and are also subject to court interpretation.
Information contained on this page is not to be considered legal advice. You should always contact an attorney licensed to practice law in your state for any legal advice.
Minnesota State Statute 624.714 allows qualified individuals to obtain a permit to carry a pistol in the
state. Permits are issued by all county sheriff's in Minnesota.
For Minnesota residents, individuals may obtain permits to carry a pistol by submitting an application
and other related documentation to the sheriff in the county where the applicant resides. Non-
residents may apply to any Minnesota county Sheriff.
Must be 21 years of age.
Must complete an application form.
Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system.
Must be a resident of the county for which you are requesting a permit if you reside in Minnesota.
- Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff and provide the sheriff with either the I-551 (permanent resident) or I-151 (resident alien) card that has been issued.
- Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training.
- Training by a certified instructor and completed within one year prior to applying for a permit to carry.
Emergency permits maybe issued by the sheriff if he/she determines that the person is in an emergency situation that may constitute an immediate risk to the safety of the person or someone residing in the person's household.
Any applicant who does not meet the criteria as listed above is not eligible for a permit to carry a pistol. The sheriff may also deny the application if
there is a substantial likelihood that the applicant is a danger to himself/herself or others if issued a permit to carry.
A Permit holder must have the permit card and a driver's license, state identification card, or other government-issued photo identification in immediate possession at all times when carrying a pistol and must display the permit card and identification document when requested by a peace officer.