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Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun

Permits to carry a pistol are issued by Minnesota County Sheriffs.

Under Minnesota Law, individuals must obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. (Note: There is no stipulation in the law regarding whether that weapon must be concealed.) A Permit to Carry Constitutes a Permit to Purchase.

How to Apply in Lake County: 

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Individuals wishing to obtain a permit to carry must fill out the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application – Permit to Carry a Pistol and SUBMIT IN PERSON to the Sheriff’s Office in the county where they reside
  • Applicants must provide proof that they have taken a Minnesota Permit to Carry a Handgun Course with an instructor that is BCA Certified and that it meets MN Statute 624.714, Subd. 2(a) . The course includes fundamentals of pistol use, actual shooting qualification exercise, and instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use including self-defense and the restrictions on use of deadly force. Training must occur within 12 months of applying for permit
  • Applicants must provide a copy of their Driver’s License or Passport
  • Refer to the Sheriff’s Office Fees for application fee information. Checks and cash only accepted. The permit is valid for 5 years
  • Once received, the office has 30 days to process the application
  • A Permit to Carry issued in Minnesota is valid throughout Minnesota

See also:
Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application – Permit to Carry a Pistol


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