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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


​​Minnesota law requires that individuals follow certain procedures to establish eligibility to obtain, transfer or carry a handgun.  Permits are issued by all county sheriffs in Minnesota.

Permit Tracking System

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension maintains a Permit Tracking System which provides information only to law enforcement officers and prosecutors about individuals who have been granted or denied a permit to carry a handgun. Eligible criminal justice agency personnel may request access to the Permit Tracking System via the Catalog of Services.

Permit to Carry Annual Reports

This report provides information from Minnesota's 87 sheriff's offices related to the issuance of permits under Minnesota Statute 624.714.

The BCA's approved records retention schedule requires maintenance of seven (7) years of Permit to Carry reports. Records older than seven (7) years are available from the Legislative Reference Library and the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota Historical Society.​


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