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Purchase of Firearms-Minnesota

In Minnesota, no permit is required for the purchase of a rifle or shotgun.  But a permit is required for the purchase of handguns.  Minnesota also permits its residents to purchase firearms and ammunition in a contiguous state in any instance where such sale and delivery is lawful under the federal Gun Control Act of 1968[i].

In order to purchase a handgun or semiautomatic military-style assault weapon, a purchaser should present a handgun transferee permit or carry permit.  In case where the purchaser does not have a handgun transferee permit, a transfer report should be filed and in such cases the purchaser has to undergo a seven (7) day waiting period before purchasing the weapon.

A transferee permit may be obtained at no cost from the police chief of a municipality or the county sheriff. Upon receipt of an application for a transferee permit, the police chief or sheriff will investigate the applicant’s history and must issue or deny the transferee permit within seven (7) days. The application can be denied only if the applicant falls into any of the disqualifying categories listed under POSSESSION[ii].  A transferee permit is valid statewide for a period of one year to purchase one or more handguns either at one time or at intervals throughout the year.

The laws governing firearms are stated under Minn. Stat. § 624.71 et.seq.

The main government offices that regulate laws relating to firearms are:

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

444 Cedar Street

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Phone: (651) 282-6565


Minnesota Attorney General

102 State Capitol

St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

Phone: (651) 296-6196

Fax: (651) 297-4193

[i] Minn. Stat. § 624.71(2)

[ii] Minn. Stat. § 624.713

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