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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 2021, Minnesota had the ninth lowest gun death rate among the states. 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

What Minnesota Is Missing

  • Permit-to-purchase for long guns
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • 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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