The United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. You have the right to protect yourself and your family and others by owning a firearm. Along with firearm ownership comes some responsibilities. If you want to carry the firearm or conceal it you must have a permit. You can obtain one with an MN permit to carry class.
Do I Need a Permit to Carry a Gun?
Yes, even if you own a gun legally you must first obtain a permit to carry if you want to carry the gun either concealed or in plain view. You must meet the requirements to obtain a permit to carry. You must be able to legally own a gun, must be at least 21 years of age and must not be listed in the state’s gang database. You must reside in the county in which you apply for a permit. You cannot carry a gun without a permit.
How Can I Obtain a Permit to Carry?
In order to obtain a permit to carry you must successfully complete a MN permit to carry class. You must provide a certificate of completion and the course instructor must be authorized to complete firearm training. Training must be completed within one year of your application. Once you submit your permit application the sheriff will approve or deny it within 30 days.
What is a Permit to Carry Class?
A MN permit to carry class provides you with the instruction necessary to obtain a permit. There are two options for classes. You may study online and then meet with the instructor for the range shooting test or you may take a traditional class. The traditional class is a one day course that gives you everything you need to obtain your permit. The online course is designed for those who already have some knowledge and is less expensive than the traditional course.
How Long Does a Permit to Carry Last?
A permit to carry is valid for a period of five years. After that time you may elect to renew your permit. You must take another MN permit to carry class when you want to renew your permit. You must also pay the appropriate fee for a permit to carry. The fee for your initial permit is slightly higher than the renewal fee.
You must carry your permit with you at all times when you have your gun. You are allowed to carry your gun only in the county in which you have obtained your permit. You may be able to carry your gun in other states. If you move you must update your address with the sheriff’s office within 30 days. If stopped by the police you should tell them you have a weapon and do not reach for it. You are required by law to tell the police about your gun if they ask whether you have a weapon. Some establishments and employers may not allow you to carry a gun so you should always check before you enter any property.