Gun permit holders can legally carry rifles in Minnesota Target stores

Categories: Guns, Target
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This is a-ok in Minnesota.
In recent days, a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has been slamming Target for its in-store gun policy. (The group also sounded the alarm yesterday after news broke about a loaded gun being found in an unwrapped toy box in the toy aisle at a South Carolina Target.)

Target's policy, essentially, is not to have one. No guns or ammunition are sold in stores, but as far as carrying firearms is concerned, the company's policy is to simply follow the pertinent state and federal laws. As a private company, Target could choose to ban firearms in stores, but for whatever reason company higher-ups have elected not to take that step.

See also:
Report of shooting at Target's corporate headquarters turns out to be false alarm


What this means is that in Minnesota, firearm permit holders can legally tote so-called "long guns" such as rifles, shotguns, and BB guns down store aisles if they choose to do so.

Minnesota's statute pertaining to "rifles and shotguns in public places" says, "Whoever carries a BB gun, rifle, or shotgun on or about the person in a public place is guilty of a gross misdemeanor." But the definition of "carry" exempts "the carrying of a BB gun, rifle, or shotgun by a person who has a permit."

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has recently been posting fliers like this one on Facebook.
Another statute pertaining to the "carrying of weapons without permit" contains a lot of language about "pistols," but doesn't address long guns specifically. So statute is ambiguous. But a recent memo from the League of Minnesota Cities addressing the ambiguity clearly states, "A carry permit is a license allowing a person to carry a pistol or long gun in public."

Bryan Strawser is executive director and treasurer of the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee and also teaches NRA gun safety classes. He agrees with the League of Minnesota Cities' interpretation that carrying long guns is legal in places like Target for permit holders. (The NRA's webpage on Minnesota gun laws falsely states that permit holders can't carry long guns in Minnesota -- Strawser says he'll contact the organization in hopes that'll get corrected.)

"According to Minnesota law, the carry permit applies to long guns and handguns," Strawser says. "So if you have someone carrying a rifle in Minnesota, that's perfectly legal under current law."

However, Strawser acknowledges, "It's definitely rare to see somebody carrying a rifle outside of hunting or a shooting range," adding that while it may be legal to do so, he doesn't advise it.

(For more, click to page two.)



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FrankAbay
FrankAbay

Miami Guns Range has a state of the art facility with cold air-conditioning and a sound proof Shooting Range where you can rapid fire at Miami and Hialeah.

rquick1
rquick1

If Open Carry Texas wants to make their point  that use a little wisdom and  knowledge. Wisdom tell you  to wear your sidearm  only because customers  see a long gun and perceive it as an assault  coming

Dean131
Dean131

If you are going to boycott Target over this, there are a thousand other stores you'll also have to boycott because almost all stores in Minnesota allow this. 

MN State Law permits this unless the store has a policy prohibiting it. And the vast majority of retailers in this state, by default, simply follow state law. 

marykarius
marykarius

wow, City Pages, maybe you should actually take a look at some of these comments. Nice family paper huh? 

Andrew Kuechle
Andrew Kuechle

Jeremy Deysach, yes, I am. I am completely in favor of gun nuts that feel the need to bring assault rifles to kids baseball games, Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, and where ever else they feel the need to intimidate, being shot. Its karma and simple reasoning. Theu are creating the very situation they "claim" to be trying to avoid. And its no more than proving to the world what little dicks they have. Its sad actually. I've lived in metro areas all around the country. I've never needed a gun to defend myself. The fact that you do only proves you're a pussy.

Jay Dee
Jay Dee

Targets next product is bullet proof vests w/actual target logos on them. Perfect.

Rachel Megan Wallner
Rachel Megan Wallner

Is this thread of children arguing? With all the name calling it seems that way. Target has lost my business permanently. That's the biggest voice we have. I don't want to be around people who carrying guns. I don't want my child around guns, evidence says it's not safe and I'm a loving and highly intelligent mother.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

There's quite the simple solution to your problem.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

This is a non-issue, a non-factor and a non-real event. To cover the same thing multiple times shows just how pathetic and irrelevant the City Pages really is!

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Why do you want them to make a regulation to handle an issue that isn't there? Oh wait, you are an anti-gun nutter

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Andrew, you are for people being shot? You are a sincere dumb shit and should die in a fire.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Your inability to pay for your purchase with actual money will likely be sorely missed...

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

how is stopping some jackass carrying a gun into the baby isle at target not infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms?

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

You clearly haven't been to the target in burnsville... that seems a real possibility

Doug Mayer
Doug Mayer

Gangsters- posse up and grab your weapons! If it happened tonight, this policy would change by tomorrow.

Shawn Poole
Shawn Poole

I understand conceal and carry, but carrying a rifle into a store is just stupid.

Larry Czarnecki
Larry Czarnecki

Well I guess the next time Target has a security breach, there'll be some stores shot up.

Michael Marken
Michael Marken

If you were to claim standing your ground in Minnesota you'd lose that one.

Grant Cartee
Grant Cartee

The most dangerous act was the anti gun nut planting the gun in the toy isle for someone to "find"

Eric Edblom
Eric Edblom

i love my gun rights as much as anyone but open carry is stupid and antagonistic and will only hurt gun rights in the long run

Brian Nelson
Brian Nelson

Chris, actually the laws themselves present a paradox: you have a right to carry a weapon that may cause a reasonable person to believe they are in danger of great bodily injury. And they have a right, if they feel that way, to respond with deadly force.

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan

No Corey, but I can blame him for Benghazi, my VA problems, Syria, Ukraine, starting a second Cold War, and trading five "dream team" terrorists for one fucking deserter...

Andrew Kuechle
Andrew Kuechle

Ahh. Another well spoken argument from an uneducated gun nut. Kudos.

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan

That's fine, he'd do life behind bars for murder you fucking retard. And that person who legally could pull a gun, would have the same fucking permit, to carry a rifle if he wanted to. You're so fuckin stupid and two faced.

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan

I love the post Jenny Green mare a few up about how target supports the gay pride movement. So Jenny, should they NOT support the second amendment "movement"? If you say no, your a fucking hypocrite.

Angie Remjeske
Angie Remjeske

Why is this necessary other than to be a show off???

Craig Jensen
Craig Jensen

I thought you cry babies were still boycotting Target over the Tom Emmer thing from 2010? Short term memory you guys must have...

Rene Klein
Rene Klein

Shameful Target. I'm very disappointed. I'd expect this from Walmart. Thankfully, the Target I shop at has had no instances of this level of ignorance.

Andrew Kuechle
Andrew Kuechle

A well regulated militia, being neccesary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. How the fuck is some jackass carrying a gun into the baby isle at target considered well regulated?

Briana Hulke Moore
Briana Hulke Moore

Yeah. Because having a gun is so radical. It's our constitutional right. Forget that?

Andrew Kuechle
Andrew Kuechle

I wish just once someone would shoot one of those assholes just for feeling like they're threatened. Just tell the investigator "he pulled a gun first, I had to stand my ground".

Dean131
Dean131

Is Aaron Rupar also a pussy?

"Funny stuff, but take it from someone who was recently robbed (right outside a Target store, no less) -- given the choice, we're fine with people packing heat merely for show.


-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com."

Smarter
Smarter

Incorrect terminology, namecalling, void of facts and phalic obsession.

The anti-gunner grand slam.

Dean131
Dean131

Why would Target lose your business? They haven't changed anything. 

Smarter
Smarter

You're certainly right about the absence of decorum.

But, theres millions of carry permit holders and cops that carry firearms in public every day. What makes you beleive that there is an enhaced risk?

KennyX
KennyX

Well, you stupid ugly cunt, if you don't want to be around people with guns, you better move out of Northeast Mpls. Northeast Mpls is full of ghetto thugs who pack heat. Go stand on the corner of Central and 26th Ave. on any given day or night.  Also your child looks retarded just like you. You should have aborted it. And you should have been aborted as well.

Smarter
Smarter

Going to city pages for news is only a hair above going to TMZ.

robdoar
robdoar

When done like this, yes.

There are PR savvy ways to open carry, this certainly isn't it.

robdoar
robdoar

There's a bit more to it, 

There's 4 criteria for the use of deadly force in MN:

1. Reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm for yourself or another
2. Reluctantly entered the conflict

3. No reasonable means of escape exists

4. The force used must be reasonable for the situation.

KennyX
KennyX

I think someone should load some lead into your fucking skull just for being a fucktard. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Smarter Yeah, you Kenyan, socialist, Marxist, anti-American! The right never name-calls!!! Oh wait...

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

@KennyX 26th and Central?  Really?  You mean where a bike shop, the Eastside Coop, a Coop Brew pub and a Yoga studio exist?  Ohhhh wait, you're probably talking about the Muslim center also, where brown people go.  Right, right. Brown people are dangerous and evil. Forgot you were extremely racist for a sec. My bad.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Wow - every time you post you show what a mentally ill person you are. As usual, this is another cowardly response from a sick mind that wouldn't dare say these things in public. Are you even capable of having a logical argument with someone? You need some help - bad. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Oh look, it's Kenny. Did your mom finally give you back your computer privileges?  If she sees this post, you'll be banned for another week. 

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe Oh look, it's MNjoe. Did your boyfriend nail you in the ass this morning?

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