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Reader question: What is Mayo Clinic's policy on guns?

This week a reader inquired about Mayo Clinic's firearms policy — specifically, whether guns are allowed anywhere on campus. 

The answer: In nearly all cases, no. According to Mayo spokesperson Ginger Plumbo, "weapons are prohibited on all Mayo Clinic properties except when in the possession of a commissioned federal, state or local law enforcement/correctional officer." The policy applies to Mayo's Rochester sites, as well as other locations throughout the U.S.

"We have a long history of collaborative and trusted partnerships with all types of law enforcement at all of our locations," added Plumbo. "Mayo Clinic staff are trained on how to handle active shooter situations or any threats to people or property on our campuses, as well as providing medical care to victims of any type of violence."

Under Minnesota law, you can get a permit to carry a concealed or non-concealed handgun in public. To obtain a permit, you must be at least 21 years old and a citizen or permanent U.S. resident, have received training in the safe use of a pistol, be eligible to possess a firearm and not be listed in Minnesota’s criminal gang investigation system.

Related: What you need to know about Minnesota's gun laws

During the application process, your local sheriff's office will also look to see whether you have a criminal history or any emergency mental health confinements. Minnesota is a “shall issue” state, meaning that applications for carry permits are granted as long as the applicant meets the basic requirements, and is not deemed to be a danger to themself or the public.

Most private entities, however, are allowed to set their own gun policies. They can ban the possession of firearms on their premises by posting signage with specific language in accordance with Minnesota law. 

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