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Q: Can a person in a neighboring state who is authorized to carry a gun in that state carry a gun in Minnesota?

A: Thank you for your question, the short answer to your question is no, a person carrying a handgun or assault rifle must comply with the laws of the state they are carrying in.

I assume that your question is related to both North Dakota and South Dakota, which are considered Constitutional Carry States. Constitutional carry, or permit less carry, as it is also called, means law-abiding residents in a given state can carry their handgun for self-defense without going through the process of first acquiring documentation from the state. In other words, the Second Amendment is your carry permit.

Presently there are 16 states that allow permitless carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Minnesota Statute 624.714, Carrying of Weapons Without Permit, Penalties, states that "a person, other than a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, who carries, holds, or possesses a pistol in a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, or on or about the person's clothes or the person, or otherwise in possession or control in a public place, as defined in section 624.7181, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), without first having obtained a permit to carry the pistol is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. A person who is convicted a second or subsequent time is guilty of a felony."

"The holder of a permit to carry must have the permit card and a driver's license, state identification card, or other government-issued photo identification in immediate possession at all times when carrying a pistol and must display the permit card and identification document upon lawful demand by a peace officer, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1. A violation of this paragraph is a petty misdemeanor."

Carrying firearms comes with a lot of responsibility and accountability, and are strictly covered by law on how and where they may be carried and also their use in personal protection is codified by law. Therefore, I highly encourage anyone interested in firearms to fully study the legal responsibility that comes with that privilege.

 

References

1. Constitutional Carry, located online at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/12/16-states-where-constituti...

2. Minnesota Statute 624.714, Carrying of Weapons Without Permit, Penalties. Located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/2018/cite/624.714