Gun permit holders can legally carry rifles in Minnesota Target stores
|This is a-ok in Minnesota.|
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.
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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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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.
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