Q: Is it a necessity for me to get my firearm license in Minnnesota? I am only 18 years old and I live in Minnesota. Am I eligible to obtain my firearm license? Thank you. Thank you so much for your help!
A: For the most part, it is indeed a requirement for one to be licensed before one can purchase a firearm in Minnesota. The age requirements vary by state, but Minnnesota is generally a very early stage in terms of licensing for firearm purchases. The specific requirements will vary by the state, but all include the same general elements. First, one must be of legal age, which typically is twenty-one years old. One also must present valid photo ID, which is usually a driver’s license or a state ID card. And, of course, one must produce a valid registration card from their county sheriff or equivalent in the state, indicating that they are a legal resident of that county.
States across the country have had different approaches to regulating firearms, including those in Minnesota. While other states require hunters to acquire a firearm license before they can purchase a firearm at any licensed vendor, Minnesota is one of few states that do not have this requirement. However, just because you do not need a license to buy a firearm in Minnesota doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to ensure you are purchasing a firearm in a safe manner. That is why you are advised to obtain a copy of your criminal record, before you purchase a firearm.
If you are under eighteen years of age and a resident of Minnesota, it is recommended that you obtain your firearm license from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, before you purchase a firearm. In some cases, especially with assault weapons, you may need a license before you can obtain one. You can get your license by completing an approved training program and passing an exam administered by the BCA. If you are looking to obtain a firearm license, you must be eighteen years of age or older and have a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
If you are looking to obtain your license, you are advised to complete an approved training program offered through the state. This training will help you prepare for the licensing exams you will need to pass. When you apply for your license, you will be asked to attach a copy of your ID. After you obtain your license, you are then required to undergo a background check. This is done in order to make sure that you are not likely to have any previous offenses on your record.
The license itself will take anywhere between three to five days to process depending on the state where you obtained your card. You are then allowed to purchase a firearm after you have obtained all of the necessary licenses and documents. Once you have obtained the firearm you will be able to obtain and use it for hunting. hunters are required to obtain a permit, which will serve as your proof that you have a firearm and that you have a right to use it for hunting.