If you have a permit to carry, you can carry into the Minnesota State Capitol and other state buildings in the area, but only if you notify the Commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to do so, in advance. Otherwise, it’s a felony.
It’s a quick and easy process, so please do it.
First, remember that the obligation to notify in advance applies to all the state buildings in the neighborhood, including the State Office Building, the Transportation Building, the Veterans’ Services Building, and even the Minnesota History Center.
Here’s a handy map of those state buildings (in red):
Second, it’s a good idea to keep a record of your notification. We recommend that you do one of these three things:
- send the notification with “return receipt requested” service from the post office (just ask them for the green postcard),
- mail two copies of the notification with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and ask them to sign and return one copy, or
- email DPS.Commissioners@state.mn.us and request an email confirmation of receipt. EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGED 3/21/2014
Here is a suggested format for your notification letter. You can copy and paste it, or download the letter as a PDF: