Minnesota Gun & Firearm Rights Frequently Asked Questions

Will an expungement cure my prohibition on possessing firearms?

Expungement does not cure the ability to possess firearms if a person has been convicted of a crime of violence. Instead, the person must bring a separate petition to restore gun rights. If the person was convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and more than three years has elapsed since the date of conviction, or the person has been convicted of a felony, the person may apply for an expungement, which will restore gun rights under federal law.

I was issued a valid permit to purchase firearms – so why am I being denied a permit to carry firearms?

Many persons who are eligible for a permit to purchase a firearm are still denied a permit to carry a firearm. The standards and requirements for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Minnesota are much more strict than permits to purchase a firearm. Many times, a person who is denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon already has a valid permit to purchase firearms. The standard for who gets a concealed weapons permit can be subjective and dependent on the discretion of the sheriff’s office who issues permits. This can lead to inconsistencies in issuing permits.