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I found this on http://www.bca.state.mn.us/Invest/Documents/Page-02-002.html It's from the Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application/Receipt

The following restrictions apply to the possession of firearms, to transferee permits, and reports of transfer for handguns and semiautomatic military-style assault weapons.

• Must be at least 18 years old to purchase a handgun or semiautomatic military-style assault weapons from a licensed dealer, and under federal law must be at least 21 years old to acquire handguns from licensed dealers.

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That is actualy a great question, I don't have an exact answer for you but I will look this one up as I would like to know my self.

I would have to agrre with the other posters that it is 18YO to own one.

But it is 21 to buy due to the federal laws on handguns.


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according to the previous post, 18 is to purchase one at a gun show, 21 to purchase one from a firearm dealer. I do not believe there is a law about inheriting a handgun, and an age that restricts that inheritance. I will look around today, but if you feel your 16 year old needs his handgun locked up for a couple years, do it. I would call the local police, since you didn't buy this gun, you don't need a purchase permit, they would be able to answer this question quite easily.

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after reading the above bca link, I take my previous post back, I think the grandfather has some paper work to fill out. (I didn't see that link originally, but I would still call the local authorities and get their interpretation on it too)

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nothing needs to be done as far as paperwork. if you choose to a transfer permit can be obtained, but not needed.

law is 18 to buy from private party 21 to buy from licensed dealer. not suyre what the ownership age is but i would guess 18 as well.

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