Permit to Purchase or Transfer Ownership of a Handgun

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Minnesota law requires a resident to have a Permit to Purchase/Transfer in order to obtain a handgun through a purchase, sale, gift, loan, assignment or other delivery from another person. If a resident has a valid permit to carry a handgun, that permit constitutes a permit to purchase. Application for this permit is made with your local city police department. The Sheriff's Office is the police department for the cities of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. The Sheriff's Office cannot take applications for other cities. 

While Ramsey County non-emergency walk-up services are limited due to COVID-19, the Sheriff's Patrol Station front lobby is open during regular business hours. Social distancing precautions are followed.

General information

Permit process and requirements

Option for a one-time purchase