We often get asked “What is the difference between getting a new Minnesota Permit to Carry license and a renewed Minnesota Permit to Carry license? The answer can be summed up in one word: “None.”
Minnesota State Law does not differentiate between new and renewal permits for the Permit to Carry license. The elements that are required to be taught in a permit to carry class are the same regardless of whether or not you’re apply for the first time or getting your existing Permit to Carry license renewed.
The statue reads as follows:
Subd. 2a. Training in the safe use of a pistol. (a)
An applicant must present evidence that the applicant received
training in the safe use of a pistol within one year of the date
of an original or renewal application. Training may be
(1) employment as a peace officer in the state of Minnesota
within the past year; or
(2) completion of a firearms safety or training course
providing basic training in the safe use of a pistol and
conducted by a certified instructor.
(b) Basic training must include:
(1) instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use;
(2) successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise; and
(3) instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol
possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the
restrictions on the use of deadly force.
(c) The certified instructor must issue a certificate to a
person who has completed a firearms safety or training course
described in paragraph (b). The certificate must be signed by
the instructor and attest that the person attended and completed
(d) A person qualifies as a certified instructor if the
person is certified as a firearms instructor within the past
five years by an organization or government entity that has been
approved by the Department of Public Safety in accordance with
the department’s standards.
(e) A sheriff must accept the training described in this
subdivision as meeting the requirement in subdivision 2,
paragraph (b), for training in the safe use of a pistol. A
sheriff may also accept other satisfactory evidence of training
in the safe use of a pistol.
As you can see, Minnesota statues don’t even have a concept of a renewal vs. new permit. This is something that has been developed over time by the training companies in their marketing materials.
At least for us, this is why the cost of a permit to carry class is the same – regardless of whether or not it is for a new permit or a renewal. The education elements are the same. Next time you need to sit a class for the Minnesota Permit to Carry license, please consider Maple Grove Firearms. You won’t be disappointed with our education classes.
Bill English, NRA Instructor