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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 and prosecutors about individuals who have been granted or denied a permit to carry a firearm. ​​Eligible sheriff's office personnel ​and prosecutors may request access to the Permit Tracking System by submitting a MyBCA Access Request form available on CJIS Launch​Pad​ under MNJIS Resources.

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 Leg​islative Reference Library and the Gale Family Library at the Minne​sota​ Historical Society.​


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