Minnesota generally prohibits the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in public.2 This prohibition is subject to the following exceptions:
- The rifle or shotgun is being carried to, from, or at a place where firearms are repaired, bought, sold, traded, or displayed, or where hunting, target shooting, or other lawful activity involving firearms occurs, or at funerals, parades, or other lawful ceremonies
- The rifle or shotgun is unloaded and in a gun case expressly made for a firearm and which fully encloses the firearm with no portion of the gun exposed
- The person has a permit to carry a handgun
- The firearm is an antique firearm that is being carried as a curiosity or for its historical significance or value
- The firearm is being transported unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle.3
Minnesota allows the open carrying of firearms in a vehicle, if the gun is unloaded and either: 1) in a gun case made to contain the firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm my being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened, without any portion of the gun exposed; or 2) in the closed trunk.4
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- Minn. Stat. § 624.714, subd. 1a.
- Minn. Stat. § 624.7181, subd. 2.
- Minn. Stat. § 624.7181, subd. 1(b).
- Minn. Stat. § 97B.045, subd. 1. Additional exceptions exist for transporting unloaded, uncased long guns while at a shooting range, lawfully hunting or when traveling to or from a hunting site. See Minn. Stat. § 97B.045, subd. 3(a).