If you have any questions about pursuing your conceal and carry license or other gun safety/ownership information, see the list of questions below. We have provided a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers for your benefit.

Minnesota law allows permit holders to “openly” carry their gun. Concealment is acceptable and we recommend it.

While it will be helpful to have some experience with handguns, it is not a prerequisite. GPC trains everyone, whether a novice or a pro.

If you keep the gun exclusively in your home, you do not need a permit. If you ever intend to carry it on your person outside of your own home, you will need a permit. If you want the freedom to carry a handgun in your vehicle without the restrictions of keeping it unloaded and in a fully enclosed case, you will need a permit.

GPC provides a handgun and ammunition for your live fire test. If you prefer to use your own handgun you may, but you must provide at least 25 rounds of your own ammunition.

It depends. Some states will accept Minnesota’s Permit. You need to be aware of each state’s individual law.

Currently, a permit to carry a pistol from Minnesota is valid in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Note: North Dakota does not recognize a Minnesota permit to carry a pistol. Currently, No permits are allowed in Illinois.

Ohio, Texas, and Nevada residents who have a permit from those states ARE allowed to carry in Minnesota. However, a Minnesota permit is NOT valid in Ohio, Texas, and Nevada.

The courses vary in length depending on the course delivery method (online or seated), and your individual speed may vary. Online classes can normally be completed in about 4 hours or less.
The classroom course is typically from 9am-3pm.

The course costs vary. Our center charges $83.00 for the online permit to carry course, and $99 for the classroom course which includes the Florida Concealed Weapons Course at no extra charge. This additional licensure will allow Minnesota residents to carry in an additional 8 states. The fee for the actual permit payable to the sheriff is $100.00. The Florida license application fee is $112

Yes, GPC has been approved by the State of Minnesota, Dept of Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to train instructors, and in turn the general public for permit to carry a pistol course.

No. Minnesota is a unique because in this state you do NOT have to conceal your gun.

Yes. We teach students of all abilities. Some are very familiar with handguns, and some have never even touched a handgun.

This permit allows you to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun on your person. It also allows you to purchase a handgun without applying with the sheriff for a permit to purchase, which will save you time and hassle.

Never shoot someone in self defense unless you believe that you or another person are in immediate danger of great bodily harm or death.

Even though you may have a permit, there are still certain places where handguns are not allowed. Having a Permit does NOT exempt you from this. While the places vary amongst different states, the most common places that ban handguns are state capitol buildings, schools, day care centers, police departments, post offices, courts, jails, and anywhere a sign is posted or you are verbally told you cannot carry a handgun.

Many factors can prohibit a individual from getting a permit, such as; an applicant cannot have a felony conviction of a violent nature, cannot be listed in the criminal gang investigation system, must pass a FBI and local background check, among other criteria.

Carrying a handgun is a strong component of a defensive strategy for keeping yourself and your family safe from great bodily harm or death. Don’t be lulled into inaction because you are relying on dialing 911. Unless an officer is already on your block, the police will probably show up after a crime has been committed.