Firearms

Minnesota Citizen's Personal Protection Act
Minnesota State Statute 624.714 relating to the Minnesota Citizen's Personal Protection Act allows qualified individuals to obtain a permit to carry a pistol in the state.

You may apply for a permit to carry a pistol by completing the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application (Permit to Carry a Pistol) and submitting it in person to:
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Center
430 West 6th Street
Red Wing, MN,

The office is open Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays. Applications are also available at the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center.

The Application
The Applicant must submit the following items with the application:
  • a completed application form, signed and dated by the Applicant;
  • applicable fee (listed below), cash, check, or money order;
  • an accurate photocopy of a certificate, affidavit, or other document that is submitted as the Applicant’s evidence of training in the safe use of a pistol that meets the requirements of Minnesota Statute 624.714;
  • an accurate photocopy of the Applicant’s current driver’s license, state identification card, or the photo page of the Applicant’s passport.
In addition to the other application materials, a person who is otherwise ineligible for a permit due to a criminal conviction but who has obtained a pardon or expungement setting aside the conviction, sealing the conviction, or otherwise restoring applicable rights, must submit a copy of the relevant order.

Goodhue County Pistol Permit Fees Effective 01/01/2014:
Action Fees and Requirements
New Application
  • $75 Minnesota Resident.
  • $100 Non Minnesota Resident.
  • The above fees apply to renewal applications which have not been renewed within 30 days of the expiration date of the permit.
Renewal Application
  • $75 Minnesota Resident.
  • $75 Non Minnesota Resident.
  • May be made no earlier than 90 days prior to the expiration date on the permit.
Late Fee Renewal
  • $0 Minnesota Resident.
  • $10 Non Minnesota Resident.
  • Permit holder submits a renewal application after the expiration date of the permit but within 30 days of the expiration date.
Personal Data Change
Address/Name Change
  • $10 should be submitted to the issuing Sheriff within 30 days.
  • Applicant must fill out new application form. $10 fee is for issuing a new card with your corrected data.
  • Applicants need only complete required personal data and sign where indicated.
Reissue
Loss/Destruction
  • $10 must be submitted to the issuing Sheriff within 30 days.
  • Applicant must fill out new application form.
  • Applicants need only complete required personal data and sign where indicated. 
  • Must include a notarized statement that the permit card has been lost or destroyed.
Emergency Permit Issue
  • No Charge.
  • Permit may be issued if the sheriff determines that the applicant is in an emergency situation that may constitute an immediate risk to the safety of the applicant or someone residing in the applicant's household.
  • Application form must be submitted. 
  • Affidavit describing the emergency situation must be submitted with application. 
  • Permit is valid for 30 days and may not be renewed.
  • Permit may be revoked without a hearing.

Handgun Training
The following organizations provide handgun training in SE Minnesota. Please contact them for information regarding availability of training classes (list not all-inclusive and in alphabetical order):
  • A & L Firearms Training Owatonna 507-413-2155
  • Personal Protection Minnesota, LLC Rochester 507-254-6333
  • Pine Island Sportsman Club, Pine Island 507-251-2577
  • Premier Security, Inc. Rochester 507-281-4952
  • Southern Minnesota Sportsman Club Rochester 507-282-9808
A statewide list of certified trainers can be found on the BCA's approved trainer page. If you wish to have your organization added to this area list contact Deputy Nate Timm at 651-267-2857.  For more information visit the BCA Permits to Carry webpage. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Kris Weiss at 651-267-2614.


Permit to Purchase or Transfer Firearms
To learn more about purchases and transfers visit the BCA Permits to Purchase / Transfer webpage. Minnesota Statute 624.7131 places restrictions on firearm purchases and transfers.

Apply for a Permit
You may apply for a Permit to Purchase or Transfer a Firearm by completing the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application (Permit to Purchase or Transfer) and submitting it the police department of the city in which you live or to the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office if you live in rural Goodhue County or a city that contracts with Goodhue County for policing.

Goodhue County Sheriff's Office applications can be submitted at the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center at 430 West 6th Street, Red Wing, MN, Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding holidays. Applications are also available at the Law Enforcement Center. Applications may also be mailed to the above address; they do not have to be submitted in person. If mailing an application, it should be directed to the attention of Kris Weiss.

Permit Details
There is no charge for this application process. If you have a Permit to Carry MN Statute 624.7131 subd 9 constitutes a transferee permit:
  • Subd. 9. Permit to carry - A valid permit to carry issued pursuant to section 624.714 constitutes a transferee permit for the purposes of this section and section 624.7132.
For more information, read through the Federal firearms statutes and rules.