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Minnesota Gun Laws and How They Compare Nationally

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Gun laws and the regulation of concealed carry permits are topics that have generated a lot of interest across the nation. Laws vary greatly from state to state. What may be lawful in Minnesota may be unlawful in another state including, but not limited to, the ability to lawfully carry a firearm, with or without a permit.

The laws regarding carrying of a firearm either openly or concealed, including carrying in a vehicle, can be different depending if a person has a permit. The regulations governing how a permit is issued will also vary greatly from state to state.

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Minnesota is one of 14 states nationally that have open carry allowances for handguns with a permit only, although specific laws are dependent on the state. The other states which allow their residents to carry openly with a permit are Utah, North Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts*, New Jersey*, Maryland*, and Hawaii* (states marked* have very restricted laws and regulations in regards to obtaining a permit, however, there may be no distinction with open versus concealed carry with a permit).

Open Carry without a permit is legal in 30 other states, and in Texas, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Florida, or California open carry is not permitted.

A resident of Minnesota who wants a permit to carry a handgun must apply through the Sheriff's Office in the county in which they reside. The applicant must be at least 21 years of age and complete mandated training for the permit.

A background check on the applicant is conducted, as well. There are specific prohibited carry locations which the permit holder should be familiar with. Places off-limits even with a permit may differ from state to state, as does the recognition of the permit in states outside the resident state in which the permit was issued.

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Specific to a motor vehicle, in Minnesota a permit holder may carry a handgun in a vehicle, whether as the driver or passenger, loaded or unloaded, concealed or open.

Without a permit, the unloaded handgun must be transported in a closed and fastened case, gun box, or securely tied package. The term "loaded" in Minnesota means the handgun has ammunition in the chamber or magazine, if the magazine is in the firearm, unless the firearm is incapable of being fired by a child who is likely to gain access to the firearm.

A "child" means a person under the age of 18 years. Minnesota state law is comparable to the federal law which states the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container not readily accessible by any of the occupants (excluding the glove box or console) such as the trunk, completely separated from ammunition.

Compared nationally, there are 25 other states that recognize the Minnesota permit to carry a handgun. Minnesota only honors permits from 15 other states, which include Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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