Minnesota Gun & Firearms Rights Glossary

Crime of Violence: See Minn. Stat. § 624.712 for a list of crimes designated as crimes of violence. These are not always offenses that involve actual violence, and can include such non-violent crimes as theft of a motor vehicle, aiding attempted suicide, and controlled substance and drug offenses, to name a few.

Danger to Self or Others: A county sheriff’s office may deny a permit to carry a concealed weapon to a person the sheriff deems to be a danger to self or others. This is a subjective standard that include considerations such as previous arrests that did not result in charges or a criminal conviction, prior contacts with a police or sheriff’s department, and any allegations or reports of mental instability.

Permit to Purchase/Permit to Carry: A permit issued by a local law enforcement agency (local police or sheriff) that allows a person to either purchase a firearm, or carry a concealed weapon. Many persons who are eligible for a permit to purchase a firearm can still be denied a permit to carry a firearm.

Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: A crime designated as a misdemeanor under Federal or State law; and has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.