- Q. What will you get with this class?
A: Before applying for a permit to carry, Minnesota requires you take a class on the fundamentals of pistol use, law, liability and responsibility of carrying a gun, along with shooting assessment. This class surpasses the state’s requirements.
- Q. Do I get my permit to carry at the class?
A: No. Our class gives you a certificate proving you have taken the state required course. You then need to take our certificate to the sheriff and apply for your permit there.
- Q. How much? What are the costs involved.
A: The class is $100.00. This includes the class, lunch or supper (depending on the class schedule), coffee & pop, range fees, posters & more.. After taking our course the state charges a fee to apply for your permit, which is not to exceed $100.00.
- Q. How long is the class?
A: The class is approximately 6 hours and includes Power Point lecture, discussion, videos, demonstrations and the shooting assessment?
- Q. Shooting Assessment?! Do I have to hit the Bulls Eye??
A: The state does NOT require a certain ‘score’ on shooting to pass. The shooting assessment to for you to demonstrate that you can: 1) Handle the firearm safely; 2) Hit the target from varying distances.
- Q. Can I fail the written test?
A: No. The quizzes you take are to see if you absorbed the information presented. If you get any wrong, we simply review the questions to help you understand.
- Q. Is there any way to fail the class?
A: YES. Point a gun at me or any other student and you’ll risk your certificate with no refund. Safety will ALWAYS be first at our classes. Purposely violate a safely rule is the only way to fail.
- Q. What are the safety rules? We start with:
* Never point your gun at anyone; even if it’s unloaded!
* Since no ammunition is allowed in the classroom, turn in your ammo when you arrive. We’ll put your name on it and keep it locked up until the shooting assessment.
* The rest of the safety rules will be explained at the beginning of the class.
- Q. Is the class in one day or multiple days?
A: The CCW course is a 1 day, 6 hour class.
- Q. What do I need to bring to the class?
A: Your pistol and 1 box / 50 rounds of ammo. Your pistol can be in .22, .38, .380, 9mm, 40 S&W or 45ACP. Larger calibers are not allowed at the indoor shooting range. A holster and 2 magazines if you have them. A baseball style cap, eye & ear protection if you have it.
- Q. Are there any range fees?
A: The Range fee is included in the class fee.
- Q. How old do you have to be to take the class?
A: While anyone can take the course, you must be 21 to apply for the states permit to carry.
- Q. I don't currently own a pistol; can I still take your course?
A: Yes. We have several pistols available for rent. Rental is $20.00 and ammo is priced at cost per caliber.
- Q. When you are ready to purchase a firearm, we recommend that you purchase a firearm that: fits your hand.
* As strange as it may sounds, may people agree that the most important factor is a gun the ‘feels right’ when you grip it. Liking and being comfortable with your gun will improve your safety, accuracy and consistency.
* The caliber should be one of the common calibers such as: .38, .380, 9 mm, .40 SW, .45 ACP, or .357
* Often, it should be of the largest caliber that you can accurately control and shoot.
* One that is sufficiently compact to adequately conceal for carry and self defense purposes.
* Comfort: One that you can feel comfortable carrying for extended periods of time (i.e. weight of the firearm may be a consideration).
* Other factors may enter into your selection such as the manufacturer's reputation for quality and service, and the safety features found on the firearm.
* Price may also be a consideration but it should not be your primary concern when selecting a firearm to protect yourself and loved ones.
- Q. I am a new shooter and don't know much about firearms. Can I take your carry course?
A: Yes you can, however, this is not a beginners class. If you are new to pistols &/or firearms, you will be better served by taking either First Steps Pistol (a 3 hour course for $100.00) or Basic Pistol (an 8 hour course for $150.00)
- Q. Do you require registration prior to the class?
A: Yes. We need to know the class size to properly arrange for enough instructors, books and supplies. As such, please register here or give us a call or email to pre-register.
- Q. Where can I submit the application and certificate to get a permit to carry a pistol?
A: Minnesota residents submit it to the Sheriff in the county where the applicant resides. Non-residents appliy to any Minnesota Sheriff.
- Q. What are the requirements for getting a permit to carry?
* Has training in the safe use of a pistol. (That’s our class. :-) )
* Is at least 21 years old and a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
* Completes an application for a permit.
* Is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.
* Is not listed I the criminal gang investigative data system under section 299C.091
- Q. When do I get my permit?
A: The local Sheriff must issue the permit or written denial within 30 days of the application date.
- Q. How long is the conceal & carry permit valid?
A: 5 years from the date of issuance.
- Q. How do I renew my permit?
A: State law says that you must do the whole thing over again. You'll need to take the class again and apply with the sheriff again no sooner than 90 days prior to expiration of the current permit.
- Q. Where can I get an application?
A: Applications will be available at the county sheriff’s office and on the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s website at www.bca.state.mn.us/permittocarry. We have applications available as well.
- Q. Where is my Minnesota permit valid?
A: The Minnesota permit is currently valid in 24 states as of 11/26/2012. You can see other reciprocity info at www.handgunlaws.us.
- Q. What would prevent me from getting a permit to carry?
A: There are several reason that could prevent a person from getting a permit such as: Murder, Manslaughter, Suicide, Assault, Gang related Crimes, robbery, Kidnapping Sexual misconduct, and other violent crime or drug related activities.
- Q. Where am I prohibited from carrying my pistol?
A: Federal buildings such as the post office. School property. Public colleges and universities may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus. Private establishments - if posted that this establishment bans guns on premises or personally informed of the posting AND ordered to leave. Places of employment, public or private, IF the employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by its employees.
- Q. Do I need to have my permit with me when carrying my pistol?
A: Yes, the permit holder must have the permit card and a driver’s license, state identification card, or other government-issued photo identification in immediate possession at all times when carrying a pistol and must display the permit card and identification document upon lawful demand by a peace officer.
- Q. Can I get an emergency permit to carry?
A: Emergency permits may be issued by the sheriff if he/she determines that the person is in an emergency situation that may constitute an immediate risk to the safety of the person or someone residing in the person's household.
- Q. Can private establishments prohibit carrying pistols on their premises?
A: Hmm, Yes and no. We answer this question in detail in our class.
- Q. Can my landlord restrict me from carrying or possessing firearms on residence premises?
A: No. Landlords may not restrict the lawful carry or possession of firearms by tenants or their guests.
- Q. Can my employer prohibit carrying pistols in the work place?
A: Yes, an employer may establish policies that restrict the carry or possession of firearms by its employees while employee is working.
- Q. Can I apply for a permit to carry if I am not a U.S. citizen but have permanent resident status in the United States?
A: Yes, when you apply you will need to provide the sheriff with your I-551 or I-151 card, whichever one you have been issued.