624.7161 FIREARMS DEALERS; CERTAIN SECURITY MEASURES REQUIRED.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
(b) "Firearms dealer" means a dealer federally licensed to sell pistols who operates a retail
business in which pistols are sold from a permanent business location other than the dealer's home.
(c) "Small firearms dealer" means a firearms dealer who operates a retail business at which
no more than 50 pistols are displayed for sale at any time.
(d) "Large firearms dealer" means a firearms dealer who operates a retail business at which
more than 50 pistols are displayed for sale at any time.
Subd. 2. Security measures required.
After business hours when the dealer's place of
business is unattended, a small firearms dealer shall place all pistols that are located in the dealer's
place of business in a locked safe or locked steel gun cabinet, or on a locked, hardened steel rod or
cable that runs through the pistol's trigger guards. The safe, gun cabinet, rod, or cable must be
anchored to prevent its removal from the premises.
Subd. 3. Security standards.
The commissioner shall adopt standards specifying minimum
security requirements for small and large firearms dealers. By January 1, 1993, all firearms dealers
shall comply with the standards. The standards may provide for:
(1) alarm systems for small and large firearms dealers;
(2) site hardening and other necessary and effective security measures required for large
(3) a system of inspections, during normal business hours, by local law enforcement officials
for compliance with the standards; and
(4) other reasonable requirements necessary and effective to reduce the risk of burglaries
at firearms dealers' business establishments.
History: 1992 c 571 art 15 s 11; 2003 c 28 art 2 s 34