Minnesota has enacted modest gun safety measures in recent years, earning a C+ on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. While the state prohibits most domestic abusers from owning guns, it does not require background checks on gun purchases between private individuals. In 2017, Minnesota had the eighth-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at less than half the national rate. Examples of policies lawmakers in Minnesota could enact to save lives include requiring a permit to purchase a firearm, instituting point-of-sale background checks, and enacting an extreme risk protection order law.

  • Child access prevention law

  • Firearm prohibition for certain misdemeanants and domestic abusers

  • Handgun and assault weapon purchases subject to heightened background check, waiting period, and permitting requirements

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Some assault weapon regulation

  • Some gun dealer regulation

  • Universal background checks

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions