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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Guns in Vehicles in Minnesota.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 29 November
Guns in Vehicles in Minnesota
No person may carry, hold or possess a handgun in a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat without a permit to carry a handgun. However, a permit is not required to carry a handgun:
- About a person's place of business, residence, or land that he or she owns;
- From a place of purchase to the person's dwelling or place of business, or from the person's dwelling or business to or from a place of repair;
- Between the person's dwelling and place of business;
- In the woods, fields, or waters of the state for the purpose of hunting or target shooting in a safe area; or
- In a motor vehicle, snowmobile or boat if it is unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box, or securely tied package.
Minnesota allows the transportation of firearms in a motor 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 by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened, without any portion of the gun exposed; or 2) in the closed trunk. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently issued a report about the efficacy of this law.
No person may carry a firearm or ammunition into an aircraft other than a public aircraft except in the manner in which a firearm may be lawfully carried in a motor vehicle.
A person presently charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year is not entitled to transport any handgun or semi-automatic military-style assault weapon. Also, a state administrative regulation prohibits transporting a firearm in a vehicle used for driver education…
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