Nov. 2: Minnesota Carry Day & Safety Education Expo 2013

posted Oct 21, 2013, 12:03 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Nov 16, 2013, 12:58 PM ]



Minnesota’s permit-to-carry numbers have increased in record numbers this year, and two local organizations see the need for public outreach to help tackle myths, fear and misinformation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 21, 2013) - Alpha Apparel & Promotions and Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum will host Minnesota Carry Day & Safety Education Expo 2013 at Zylstra Harley Davidson, Elk River, on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day-long family- and kid-friendly event is free to attend and is intended to create awareness about Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law and the growing number of nearly 160,000 permit holders in Minnesota, and to highlight the importance of the safe and responsible ownership, use and carrying of firearms. 

The event will also offer education related to self defense and personal safety for the whole family. Attendees will find vendor tables, free lunch served throughout the day, a kids’ “Learn Safety” room and outreach specifically targeted for women and business owners. Attendees may also sign up for a raft of workshops throughout the day from presenters including the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department which will help business owners understand the permit-to-carry law (Minnesota Citizen’s Personal Protection Act and your Business), and Sealed Mindset, a Navy SEAL-inspired defense training center which will present workshops on self defense for both kids and adults.

The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Apparel & Promotions, Elk River, whose owner, Gretchen Morris, helped facilitate the event with assistance from the event’s other co-sponsor Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, a community-based gun rights interest group. Morris, who herself is new to guns and is in the process of obtaining her permit-to-carry, helped plan the event as a way to reach out to others in the community, especially women, who may be intimidated about seeking information.

Several informational workshops will be interspersed throughout the day and will include: Overviews on permit-to-carry training; Firearms safety; Gun ownership 101 for women; Information to help business owners understand Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law; Personal safety for kids and adults; Less-than-lethal personal and home defense products; Legislation overviews and political action information; Tips to help gun owners get involved in sharing information about 2nd Amendment rights. Workshop seating will be limited and there will be sign up sheets at the door.

Several vendors have donated door prizes including .22 ammo and range passes. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department will also have give-aways, while supplies last, and will provide informational materials for the kids’ “Learn Safety” room.


The event includes vendors and workshops that will present safety tips as well as information on other forms of self defense and less-than-lethal personal safety products. Area business owners are invited to attend the “Minnesota Citizen’s Personal Protection Act and your Business” workshop presented by the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department to help them better understand Minnesota’s permit-to-carry law as it relates to their business, their customers and their employees.


VENDORS AND WORKSHOP PRESENTERS* (not all vendors will present workshops, see workshop schedule, below):

Chief Deputy Don Starry, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department

DAP Recovery & Security LLC: Permit-to-carry and firearms safety training 
(Located in the Twin Cities metro. Facebook:

Lakes Trading Company: Gun shop and indoor range 
(Located in Forest Lake, MN. Website:

Pistol Packin’ Mamas: Products, accessories and information to equip women in all aspects of gun ownership through home parties, trade shows and special events
(Website:; Facebook:

Sealed Mindset: Education and training for personal safety
(Located in Robbinsdale, MN. Website:

Stun & Run Self Defense LLC: Less-than-lethal personal safety and home defense solutions
(Located in Minneapolis, MN. Website:

Target Sports Minnesota: Indoor gun range
(Located in Otsego, MN. Website:

Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum: Community based gun rights interest group
(Website:; Facebook:

Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance: Promoting and defending the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners in Minnesota
(Website:; Facebook:

Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee: Legislative and political action information

Alpha Apparel & Promotional Products: Embroidery, Screenprinting and Promotional Items for businesses, organizations and personal use 



Workshops are 30 minutes unless otherwise indicated and registration will take place at the door on a first come first served basis.

10:30 Legislative and political action information, Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee

11:30 Top 7 safety tips for parents, Sealed Mindset

Noon Less-than-lethal personal safety and home defense products (15 minutes), Stun & Run

12:15 Gun Ownership 101 for Women (15 minutes), Pistol Packin’ Mamas

12:30 Overview of permit-to-carry training/ Overview of firearms safety, DAP Recovery & Security LLC

1:30 Overview of self defense training for adults, Sealed Mindset

2:00 What are the expectations for permit holders and business owners in regard to the permit-to-carry law, Chief Deputy Don Starry, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department

2:30 Less-than-lethal personal safety and home defense products (15 minutes), Stun & Run

2:45 Gun Ownership 101 for Women (15 minutes), Pistol Packin’ Mamas

3:30 Legislative and political action information, Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee

Location: Zylstra Harley Davidson, 19600 Evans St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

*Vendors, workshop presenters and workshop times may be subject to change without notice. Changes and updates will be listed on the event Facebook page(s) and/or will be announced at the event

See event Facebook page for more information or changes to the event: Minn. event arms public about firearms safety, permit-to-carry

See full size poster on Scribd.

Who are Minnesota's permit holders? (video)

Minnesota Carry Day & Safety Education Expo 2013 


--As of November 1, 2013, there were 158,303 permit-to-carry holders in Minnesota. 

--Over 52% (81,250++) of those permits are in the 9 county metro area (Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota, Washington, Scott, Carver, Wright, Sherburne)

--Since January 1, 2013, MN permits-to-carry have increased by an average of over 4,500 per month, to date.

--The year 2012 saw a record number of MN permits issued: 31,657*

--Total valid permits at the end of 2012: 114,793*

--The Minnesota Citizens’ Personal Protection Act of 2003 (MN’s right-to-carry law), MN §624.714, contains no requirement to “conceal” a firearm if a person has a valid permit-to-carry recognized by the state of Minnesota. In other words, Minnesota does not have a “conceal and carry” law. Minnesota has a “right-to-carry” law, and persons with a valid permit-to-carry may “open carry” a handgun in plain view if they so choose, or they may “conceal carry” if they so choose.

--Training to apply for a permit-to-carry in Minnesota requires completion of a firearms safety or training course providing basic training in the safe use of a pistol and conducted by a certified instructor which includes**:

----instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use;

----successful completion of an actual shooting qualification exercise; and

----instruction in the fundamental legal aspects of pistol possession, carry, and use, including self-defense and the restrictions on the use of deadly force.

--Applicants for a MN permit-to-carry must do so through their local sheriff and will be required to pass a criminal background check and must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm** 

--MN permits issued to women increased by 81% in 2012 (over 2011)*

--Women are one of the fastest growing demographics of gun owners in the United States. One in every four women say they own a firearm***

*Source: State of MN Department of Public Safety 2012 Permit to Carry Report, 

**Source: MN §624.714,