Know how to safely transport firearms
Question: If a person has a permit to carry in Minnesota, can they transport a loaded rifle or shotgun in a vehicle?
Answer: The permit to carry law applies only to handguns, so the answer is no with some exceptions.
MS 97B.045 – A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehicle unless the firearm is:
(1) unloaded and in a gun case expressly made to contain a firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise faste3ned, and without any portion of the firearm exposed;
(2) unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle; or
(3) a handgun carried in compliance with sections 624.714 and 624.715.
Subd. 3. Exceptions: hunting and shooting ranges – A person may transport an unloaded, uncased firearm, excluding a pistol, in a motor vehicle while at a shooting range, lawfully hunting on private or public land; or traveling to or from a site the person intends to hunt lawfully that day or has hunted lawfully that day, unless:
(1) within Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey County;
(2) within the boundaries of a home rule charter or statutory city with a population of 2,500 or more;
(3) on school grounds.
You can avoid a ticket – and a crash – if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.
If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street, NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848. (Or reach him at Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)
(Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)