Reclaim your gun

We explain how to get your gun or other firearm back from the police.

Limited office hours

Due to staffing levels, temporary public service hours will be Monday through Friday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m., through November 25, 2020.


Background check

  • To get your firearm back, you must clear a background investigation. 
  • To start your background check, call the Firearm Release Hotline.
  • After the police clear you to begin a background check, we will contact you about forms and instructions.
  • After you pass your background check, we will contact you to make an appointment to claim your firearm.

How to pick up your gun or firearm 

  • Appointment: You must have an appointment to pick up your firearm. The Police Property and Evidence Unit will contact you to make an appointment.
  • Valid ID: You must present a valid Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota state identification card. We do not accept any other identification.
  • Out of state: We ship only to law enforcement agencies. If you are from out of state, you must contact your local law enforcement agency to arrange shipment.

Contact us

Police Property & Evidence Unit




3100 N. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(Corner of Lowry & N. Second St.)
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Public service hours (in person)

Noon – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone service hours

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Firearm Release Hotline

Minneapolis Police Department



Minneapolis Police Department




City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday