Minnesota Gun Laws

Minnesota Gun Laws

Minnesota State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                       

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO YES
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES*


* Concealed and open carry

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Not mentioned/there remains a question whether sexual assault qualifies as "great bodily harm", justifying use of deadly force

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home (case law)

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Violent felony in place of abode

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit 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.

Applications will be available at the county sheriff’s office and on the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website, HERE

Requirements for getting a permit to carry

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age
  2. Must complete an application form
  3. Must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under Minnesota Statute 624.714
  4. Must not be listed in the criminal gang investigation system
  5. Must be a resident of the county from which you are requesting a permit, if you reside in Minnesota. Non-residents may apply to any Minnesota county sheriff.
  6. Must provide certificate of completed authorized firearms training. Training by a certified instructor must be completed within one year of an original or renewal application. (624.714, Subd. 2a)

Minnesota Bureau Of Criminal Apprehension Click Here