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In recent years, Minnesota has enacted several strong gun safety measures, including expanded background checks, an Extreme Risk Protection Order law, and laws blocking access for domestic abusers under restraining orders. However, Minnesota is still missing a number of lifesaving policies that can combat gun violence in the state. 

In 2023, Minnesota had the seventh lowest gun death rate among the states. According to 2021 ATF data, Minnesota also supplied crime guns to other states at less than half the national rate, and the state imported nearly twice as many crime guns than it exported.

What Minnesota Does Well

  • Permit-to-purchase for handguns
  • Certain assault weapon restrictions
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Certain waiting period laws
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Disarming procedures
  • Partial handgun dealer regulation
  • Ammunition sale regulation
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Community Violence Intervention (CVI) funding
  • Universal background checks for most firearms

What Minnesota Is Missing

  • Permit-to-purchase for long guns
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Prohibit armed intimidation at polling places, drop boxes, and where votes are counted
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Enact a gun industry accountability law
  • Require gun owners to safely store firearms



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.