- Prohibited: Handguns (other than antique firearms) where the frame, barrel, cylinder, slide or breech-lock is
composed of any material with a melting point of less than 1,000 degrees F, or an ultimate tensile strength
of less than 55,000 psi, or comprised of any powdered metal having a density of less than 7.5 grams/cubic
- Prohibited: Walther rimfire pistols, Cobra, Phoenix Arms, Heritage Arms, Hi-Point, and GSG rimfire pistols.
Accessories / Ammunition
- Certain cities and municipalities may have regulations regarding stun guns, taser, or defense sprays.
By purchasing one of these items, you are certifying under penalty of law that you
are eligible to purchase and possess a stun guns, taser, or defense spray.
Options for Obtaining a Permit to Purchase/Transfer
- Fill out a Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt Permit to Purchase/Transfer. Submit the
application to your local police chief, or if your municipality does not have a police department, to your
county's sheriff. The law enforcement agency will conduct a series of background-related checks to assure
you meet eligibility requirements established in state law.
- Once those checks are complete, a one-year permit to purchase a handgun in Minnesota will be issued. If
you are applying for a permit to transfer the law enforcement agency must notify you of its status
within seven days of receipt.
- If you want to make a one-time purchase of a handgun from a dealer and you do not have a permit to
purchase, you may apply directly at the gun shop where you will purchase the handgun. The gun shop will
require you to complete a consent form that allows them to conduct a name and date-of-birth background
check to determine your eligibility to purchase a gun. However, some businesses may choose to follow
other business practices. The gun shops are entitled to charge a fee for this service.
- Possession of a valid, Minnesota Permit to Carry constitutes a permit to purchase. You do not need a
separate permit to purchase.
Active LE Officers are exempt.