Gun Permits

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and security of all our citizens. As we face the challenges and concerns of COVID-19, our delivery of service may be modified to protect the public and our staff.
Following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and MN Department of Public Health (MDH) it is very important to mitigate the risk of exposure. To reduce contact, when possible, response to calls for service will be done over the phone. If deputy response is required, deputies will use social distancing.

Gun Permits:

  • Applications can be found online
  • Permit to Purchase applications will only be accepted by mail. In person delivery of the application is not required.
  • Permit to Carry Applications are being accepted at this time. Permit to carry applications must be applied for in person. Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Fergus Falls Courthouse (North Door Security Station) at 121 W Junius Ave Phone: 218-998-8555
    Otter Tail County Operations Center 469 Main St, Ottertail Phone: 218-367-6300
  • Please note: Staff will not be photocopying the documents for applicants. Please bring copies of certificate and driver’s license, and $50.00 cash or check. The application will be quarantined for 3 days before being processed.


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 30 days. 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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