Handgun Applications

Applications for a Minnesota State Permit to Carry a Handgun or a Minnesota State Permit to Acquire Handguns are available at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

The new statute requires that applications be made in person at the Sheriff's Office. Please bring a photo copy of your drivers license and the original copy of your training certificate, along with the $50 ($100 for out of state) application fee. Your permit will be processed and mailed out, usually within 2-3 weeks. For information on the complete statute log onto view our online statute library

Carry Applications
For your information, please consider that there are a host of firearm laws that relate to the issue of handgun possession whether or not you have a permit to carry.

609.06 Authorized Use of Force
Reasonable force may be used upon or toward the person of another without the other's consent when the following circumstances exist or the actor reasonably believes them to exist:
  1. when used by a public officer or one assisting a public officer under the public officer's direction:
    • in effecting a lawful arrest
    • in the execution of legal process
    • in enforcing an order of the court
    • in executing any other duty imposed upon the public officer by law
  2. when used by a person not a public officer in arresting another in the cases and in the manner provided by law and delivering the other to an officer competent to receive the other into custody
  3. when used by any person in resisting or aiding another to resist an offense against the person
  4. when used by any person in lawful possession of real or personal property, or by another assisting the person in lawful possession, in resisting a trespass upon or other unlawful interference with such property
  5. when used by any person to prevent the escape, or to retake following the escape, of a person lawfully held on a charge or conviction of a crime
  6. when used by a parent, guardian, teacher or other lawful custodian of a child or pupil, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain or correct such child or pupil
  7. when used by a school employee or school bus driver, in the exercise of lawful authority, to restrain a child or pupil, or to prevent bodily harm or death to another
  8. when used by a common carrier in expelling a passenger who refuses to obey a lawful requirement for the conduct of passengers and reasonable care is exercised with regard to the passenger's personal safety
  9. when used to restrain a mentally ill or mentally defective person from self-injury or injury to another or when used by one with authority to do so to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the person's control, conduct or treatment
  10. when used by a public or private institution providing custody or treatment against one lawfully committed to it to compel compliance with reasonable requirements for the control, conduct or treatment of the committed person
History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.06; 1986 c 444; 1993 c 326 art 1 s 4

Statute 609.065 Justifiable Taking of Life
The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by Section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor's place of abode.

History: 1963 c 753 art 1 s 609.065; 1978 c 736 s 1; 1986 c 444

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