Frequently Asked Questions
Minnesota Carry Permit Questions
Andrew and his kids shop for groceries.
Yes, open carry is legal. See the FAQ
for more info.
Photo by Oleg Volk
Can I get my Minnesota concealed carry permit from you?
Nope! Minnesota doesn't have "concealed carry" permits. We have carry permits, and concealing is not required, though it is allowed.
Okay, so can I get my Minnesota carry permit from you?
You can start the process with me. To get a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol, you must 1) successfully complete a class like mine, then 2) apply in person at your county sheriff's office (if you're from out of state, you can apply in any county in the state).
General Gun Questions
"I really appreciated the time you took with me and the other gal in our class, letting us try each of the handguns you had, and your patience in teaching us to shoot. I didn't feel awkward being such a beginner because of your patience. I also appreciated your opinion in choosing a handgun. (I did purchase the Taurus PT111, and am getting quite good at shooting it. I outscore my boyfriend every time we go to the range.) Thanks for giving me the confidence to learn to protect myself."
- Jane*, 51
* name changed for privacy
Do I need to get a Minnesota gun license?
No. The state of Minnesota does not license guns. You do
need a "permit to purchase" before you can buy either a pistol or a scary-looking rifle from a licensed dealer. If you want to have the gun on your person, you will also need a permit to carry a pistol
, with some very narrow exceptions. You've come to the right place for that!
What is a Minnesota permit to purchase a pistol?
In Minnesota, to buy a pistol or what the state calls a "semiautomatic military-style assault weapon" (a scary-looking rifle) from a gun dealer, you need a "Transferee Permit
," more commonly known as a "permit to purchase."
You can get one of these at no charge by filling out a brief form at your local police department (or sheriff's office, if there's no police department where you live). They are supposed
to issue such a permit within seven calendar days, but many departments flout the law and take much longer.
If this happens to you, please contact me
. Departments that repeatedly fail to meet legal standards sometimes get inquiring letters from attorneys. :)
What if I still have questions?
Just click Contact Andrew
and type your question. I'll email you an answer or give you a call, usually the same day. If it's a common question, I'll post it here, too.