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Green Card holder from MN - questions about buying

Discussion in 'Legal' started by IT^Guy, May 10, 2012.

  1. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    Hello all! Greetings from MN!

    Great site; lots of great information! As the title suggests I am working on my LPR and should have my Green Card in hand soon. Currently on EAD after graduate school and working in the IT field.

    I had a few questions about buying a handgun (a .22!!) as a GC holder. I know the state has a 90 (or 60) ay residency requirement. I have been in MN since 2011 and my GC should be issued in a month or so. The question is - does this residency start from the day my green card is issued? Or does this start from the day I got my MN license issued? If it is the latter - then I have already met my 90 day residency requirement.

    Just trying to play it safe and make sure I remain a law-abiding LPR (or citizen in the future!). Would appreciate any and all help!

  2. Six

    Six Well-Known Member

    Residency is an interesting thing, I suspect the clock started ticking when you arrived in the state with the intent to make a home there.


  3. MrDig

    MrDig Well-Known Member

    Greetings from another Minnesotan, I suspect you will find residence as far as the state is concerned to be lax compared to Federal Regulations.
    I believe 6 (Six) months at an address is the requirement to be a resident this also requires a State ID with that address even as a Resident Alien. Your best bet is to contact the State Attorney General to confirm any information and or debunk misinformation.
    They will be happy to help and give you the correct information you need.
  4. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    Cool! I do have a state ID with this address and have been here since September/October of 2011. Before that I lived in another city in the same city.

    However, I will call the local police and AG office before jumping in to things!

    Thanks again!

  5. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    You just need 90 days worth of a utility bill or something similar that shows the same (current) address. Some stores (Cabela's for instance) insist that the bills be from the same source.

    I've also once had a seller question whether 3 consecutive monthly bills constituted 90 days because of the vagaries of the billing cycles - 30 vs 31 days in a month. To be safe, I just keep the last 4 months of gas bills handy.
  6. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    From form 4473, page 5.

    You should be good to go once you have your GC.
  7. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    Thanks for all your replies. My GC was approved this afternoon. This is the 2 year conditional GC - will this make a difference, in MN, trying to buy a firearm?

    Also, what is the MN law on CCW/PTC for LPRs - the googles gives me differing answers.
  8. LegalAlien

    LegalAlien Well-Known Member

    Just an FYI - and is some good news :)

    The ATF has dropped the 90 day proof of residency requirements for GC holders recently.

    Check the latest 4473 and confirm, but I am pretty sure that between May and now the 90day requirement has been dropped.

    Green Card holder myself and was following this development with close interest.
  9. theicemanmpls

    theicemanmpls Well-Known Member

    Contact a website called Minnesota Gunsite. Good people there will help you out with all your questions.


    Once you have green card in hand. Go to the police station in your town, fill out an application for PTP. With that piece of paper you will be able to buy from a FFL. Most private sellers will sell to you also with the PTP.

    TC here.

    Any more questions, give me a private message.
  10. targetshooter22

    targetshooter22 Well-Known Member

    All good advice there, the permit to purchase process will answer any unanswered questions. Welcome to MN, and of course, the USA. Hopefully things will work out well for you.
  11. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    OK! Thanks for the replies guys!

    I called my local Sheriffs office, and told them my situation. The lady, on the other end, was not sure what "Permanent Resident" meant. She asked me about 4 times - "so, you are not a citizen?". I finally told her I had a Green Card. I doubt, they get a lot of GC holders up here, and she said she would have to call back. 10 minutes later she called, and said I could get a PTC - as long as I had taken the class. $ 75 for the permit, and needed my DL and GC.

    Still not sure, if having a conditional GC would change anything.

    @legalalien - yes, I heard about the new ATF 4473 reqs. The new forms reflect the change, and I do not need 90 day residency stuff. That is certainly a plus!

    @icemanmpls - thanks for the info. We shall see how things pan out here.

    @targetshooter22 - thanks!
  12. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member

    Misinformation like yours.

    State definitions have nothing to do with federal rules for purchasing firearms.

    It is the federal definition of residence that matters.

    There MAY be additional state laws (Virginia has some) but even the old '90 day proof' sounds far easier than what you are describing.
  13. MrDig

    MrDig Well-Known Member

    I guess I need to apologize for referring him to the States Attorney General to get better information about the Residency Requirements for the State of Minnesota.
  14. targetshooter22

    targetshooter22 Well-Known Member

    You're welcome!

    Kindly note the difference between permit to purchase (should be free in MN good for one year) and permit to carry (implies concealed, costs money, good for up to 5 years).
  15. brickeyee

    brickeyee Well-Known Member

    What the state defines has no bearing on what the feds define.
    They may (or may not overlap).

    The IRS has a different set of rules than BATFE.

    And state AGs are not n the business of giving individuals advice.

    The most you should expect is a reference to the applicable section of state law.

    They are the State's attorney, not YOUR attorney (or anyone else's).

    They usually only respond to questions that have a broad impact with some type of interpretation, and it rarely has any actual legal force behind it (though in some states the judges will at least review it) as part of an applicable case).
  16. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    Thanks!! I submitted my Permit to Carry, last night. The lady at the counter said - 1-2 weeks, before I hear back.

    Permit to Purchase, also costs money in this county (from what little I know) - I think it is 5 bucks or so for each app.

    Anyway, thanks to one and all for posting here and giving me the info that was requested! Let's hope there are no more hiccups as my application is processed.
  17. hermannr

    hermannr Well-Known Member

    IT guy. a green card is a green card...that is not something to worry about. Forget anything about it being conditional, it is a green card. You are legally in this country, you can leaglly work here, and you are legally a resident of MN (from what you have posted).

    Two things you may want to consider. 1: if you might ever consider moving back to your country of origin, what their laws are concerning firearms ownership. If it would not be possible to return to your native country with your newly aquired weapon you will have to consider the $ consiquences of selling.

    2: If you hope to become a US citizen, you might look at the long term...where do I expect to live after I receive my citizenship? There are still a couple states (CA, NY, NJ, MA etc) that have restrictions on magizine size etc...

    Read the MN law...look at www.handgunlaw.us for links...purchase what you want and enjoy. MN is not that bad a state for firearms laws. Not the best, but not bad.
  18. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member


    Thanks for the reply. MN is not bad at all for gun laws. :) I think I will be here for the next 2-3 years (as the wife is in school). Citizenship is about 3 years away, so am not too worried about that.

    There are a few misconceptions about PR/green card status, even with law enforcement agencies and other government departments. Some are not sure on how to proceed. Just thought I'd ask!

    Thanks again!
  19. hermannr

    hermannr Well-Known Member

    I held a green card from 1955 to 1970...I know.
  20. IT^Guy

    IT^Guy Member

    Thanks!! But, times have changed since 1955... or even 1970. I think the conditional GC is something new, and of course the general population has major misconceptions about GC holders (regardless of conditions)... :)

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