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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Open Carry in Minnesota.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 December
Open Carrying in Minnesota
Minnesota allows the open carrying of handguns on the person or in a vehicle with a valid permit to carry..
Minnesota generally prohibits the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in public. This prohibition is subject to the following exceptions:
- The rifle or shotgun is being carried to, from, or at a place where firearms are repaired, bought, sold, traded, or displayed, or where hunting, target shooting, or other lawful activity involving firearms occurs, or at funerals, parades, or other lawful ceremonies;
- The rifle or shotgun is unloaded and in a gun case expressly made for a firearm and which fully encloses the firearm with no portion of the gun exposed;
- The person has a permit to carry a handgun;
- The firearm is an antique firearm that is being carried as a curiosity or for its historical significance or value; or
- The firearm is being transported unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.
Minnesota allows the open carrying of firearms in a vehicle, if the gun is unloaded and either:
1) in a gun case made to contain the firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm my being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened, without any portion of the gun exposed; or
2) in the closed trunk…
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