Yes, as it is required by MN state law.
No, you must apply in-person at any of the state of Minnesota county sheriffs' office. I strongly recommend the Freeborn county, Albert Lea sheriff department. They are highly efficient and made the process extremely easy.
Things you'll need:
- Photocopy of your Fox Shooting Sports Minnesota completion certificate
- $100 (cash, cashiers check or money order)
- Up-to-date drivers license or state issued photo ID
If you reside in Polk county, go to https://polkia.permitium.com/ccw/start to start the process. This can be done for both "new" and "renewal" applications. For those of you that reside outside of Polk county, simply take your Fox Shooting Sports certificate of completion and $50-60 cash to your sheriffs office.
No. I can provide you with everything from firearms to try out, ammo, even eye and ear protection.
21, however, the certificate you receive from me is valid for 365 days. So if you're 20 years old, you can take my course and submit your application for a permit to carry on your 21st birthday.
Yes. I encourage you to have your young ones trained in firearm safety. In accordance with Iowa law, the minor has to be 14 years or older and accompained by a responsible adult.
I hate to burst your bubble, but knock down power is a myth. There is no bullet that can take someone off their feet, it's simple physics. Don't believe me?. Google search the Myth Busters episode or ask a combat veteran. However, with proper shot placement, any caliber will do.
This all depends on the level of protection you want to achieve. Every firearm has its pros and cons. A larger firearm may be more difficult to conceal, but will allow you to carry more rounds in the magazine and just the opposite for a smaller firearm. Lastly, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. I prefer Springfield Armory XD or XDm series, Glock 17, 19 and 21 Gen4 models and the Smith & Wesson M&P series. However, if you have the money, Sig Sauer or Heckler & Koch are phenomenal choices as well.
Permits will still be issued by the Sheriff in the county which you reside. After you complete our course you will be issued a certificate of training completion only. When you apply for your permit the Sheriff of the county you reside in will perform a background check and issue the permit.
Yes, the new permit will act as a purchase permit for all 5 years while still valid.