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Minnesota has enacted modest gun safety measures in recent years, but is still missing a number of lifesaving policies that can combat gun violence in the state. 

While the state prohibits most people subject to domestic violence court orders or convictions from owning guns, it does not require background checks on gun purchases between private individuals. In 2020, Minnesota had the eighth-lowest gun death rate and eighth-lowest gun export rate in the country. Examples of policies lawmakers in Minnesota could enact to save lives include requiring permits or background checks to purchase guns, investing in community violence intervention programs, and enacting an extreme risk protection order law.

What Minnesota Does Well

  • 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

What Minnesota Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions



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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