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May 27, 2019 - Permit-less Carry

Posted on May 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM by Kate Berg

May 27, 2019

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Q: Can a person in a neighboring State, that is authorized to carry a gun in their State, carry a gun in Minnesota? 

Image of a pistol on a stainless steel background above the words "Permitless Carry; Constitution

A: Thank you for your question.  The short answer to your question is no, a person carrying a handgun or assault rifle must comply with the laws of the state they are carrying in. I assume that your question is related to both North Dakota and South Dakota, which are considered Constitutional Carry States. Constitutional carry, or permit-less carry, as it is also called, means law-abiding residents in a given state can carry their handgun for self-defense without going through the process of first acquiring documentation from the state. In other words, the Second Amendment is your carry permit. Presently there are 16 states that allow permit less carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Minnesota Statute 624.714, Carrying of Weapons Without Permit, Penalties, states that
“a person, other than a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, who carries, holds, or possesses a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, or on or about the person's clothes or the person, or otherwise in possession or control in a public place, as defined in section 624.7181, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), without first having obtained a permit to carry the pistol is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. A person who is convicted a second or subsequent time is guilty of a felony.”

“The holder of a permit to carry must have the permit card and a driver's license, state identification card, or other government-issued photo identification in immediate possession at all times when carrying a pistol and must display the permit card and identification document upon lawful demand by a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1. A violation of this paragraph is a petty misdemeanor.”

Carrying firearms comes with a lot of responsibility and accountability and are strictly covered by law on how and where they may be carried, and their use in personal protection is codified by law. Therefore, I highly encourage anyone interested in firearms to fully study the legal responsibility that comes with that privilege.


1. Constitutional Carry, located online at https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/12/16-states-where-constitutional-carry-law-land/

2. Minnesota Statute 624.714, Carrying of Weapons Without Permit, Penalties. Located online at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/2018/cite/624.714

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