Texas-Minnesota Reciprocity Stalls Over Military Personnel

Texas-Minnesota Reciprocity Stalls Over Military Personnel

Texas-Minnesota Reciprocity Stalls Over Military Personnel

Minnesota state officials have informed Texas that any reciprocity deal is off the table because Texas issues licenses to carry to military personnel and honorably discharged veterans between the ages of 18-21.

Apparently, men and women who have proudly served the United States, passed a state and federal records check, completed a firearms training course and been issued a license to carry by the Texas Department of Public Safety are standing in the way of Texas permit holders being able to carry in Minnesota and vice-versa. 

Minnesota requires another state's concealed carry statute to be "similar" to its law in order to qualify for reciprocity and the Gopher State requires applicants for a carry permit to be 21 or older.  That is the similar, general operating rule for Texas' license to carry applicants - with the exception for the military.

As of May 31, 2016, Texas had 1,052,073 active licensees, of which only 280 (or just .03%) of those were members of the military or veterans who were under the age of 21.  So according to Minnesota DPS and statewide officials, less than 300 military heroes are standing in the way of your ability to legally protect yourself while in Texas and Texans' right to self-defense when in Minnesota.