Minnesota Gun & Firearm Rights Statutes

Minn. Stat. § 609.165

Allows a person convicted of a crime of violence to petition the court to restore the right to possess firearms. A petitioner must demonstrate rehabilitation and show good cause as to why he or she should be able to again possess firearms.

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 624.714 – Conceal and Carry Permit Denials

Minnesota citizens are allowed a permit to carry a concealed weapon upon proper application to their county sheriff’s office. Non-Minnesota residents may apply to any county sheriff’s office. There are various reasons for denying a person a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Some of these instances include:

  • Persons convicted of a felony;
  • Persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime involving domestic violence (note: this can include persons convicted of Disorderly Conduct when that offense involves a dispute with a person in a domestic relationship);
  • Persons subject to an Order for Protection;
  • Persons who have been a patient in a mental hospital; or
  • Persons who a determined to be “a danger to self or others.”

A person denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon often has two options. The first is to expunge the underlying criminal conviction that is preventing the issuance of the permit. Beware, however, that expungement of a crime of violence will not cure the prohibition. See the expungement section for more information on expungement. The other option is for a permit applicant to appeal the permit denial to the district court. If the person is able to demonstrate that the sheriff denied the permit without proper justification, the district court can order the sheriff to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon. If the applicant wins in district court, the sheriff’s office must pay the applicant’s attorneys fees and costs associated with the appeal to district court.