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Some Important Information About Firearm Laws and Permits to Carry

Oct. 23, 2023

Hey everyone- Deer hunting season is upon us! I just wanted to share some important information about firearm laws and permits to carry. If you own a firearm, it's crucial to understand the regulations to ensure safety and compliance.

When transporting a rifle, remember that it must be unloaded and either placed in a fully enclosed gun case or stored in the closed trunk of your vehicle. Safety first!

There are exceptions for transporting an uncased, unloaded rifle or shotgun in certain situations, such as when you're at a shooting range with permission, lawfully hunting, or traveling to/from a hunting site.

However, carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or boat without a permit is not allowed. Exceptions include carrying it around your place of business, residence, or land you own, or when transporting it between your dwelling, place of business, or for hunting/target shooting purposes in a safe area.

Remember, Minnesota law doesn't require the handgun to be concealed when carrying it in public with a permit. To obtain a permit, fill out a Permit to Carry Application and submit it to your county's sheriff's office. They have 30 days to process it.

Additionally, applicants must provide evidence of having received handgun safety training from a certified instructor within one year of the application or renewal. Safety is paramount!

Stay informed, stay safe, and always prioritize responsible firearm ownership. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!