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Basic Concealed Carry Laws: North Dakota


Carrying a firearm for self-defense comes with a lot of responsibility. Knowing the laws where you carry is just one important task you must undertake as an armed American. To help with that, we will be providing you with a summary of basic carry laws for several states. Learn about the most important things to know when carrying in North Dakota, the Peace Garden State, below.

How to Get a Permit in North Dakota

Open carry of handguns is legal with a North Dakota Concealed Weapon License (CWL) for adults who have been residents for at least one year. North Dakota has constitutional concealed carry for adults who have been residents for at least one year and who are not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. A resident must carry his or her driver’s license or state ID and must inform law enforcement that he or she is in possession of the firearm upon any in-person contact by a law enforcement officer. In terms of reciprocity, North Dakota will honor permits from states that have agreed to recognize North Dakota’s licenses.

North Dakota issues Class 1 and Class 2 CWLs. Both licenses are equally valid within North Dakota but because of additional testing requirements, the holders of a Class 1 license have reciprocity in many more states than those who hold a Class 2 license. CWLs require completion of a state-certified firearms training course. North Dakota issues licenses to residents and full-time active-duty military stationed in North Dakota. A non-resident can be issued a CWL if he or she has a concealed carry permit from his or her home state (determined by the driver’s license) and his or her home state has reciprocity with North Dakota.

More About North Dakota Permits

Pepper spray, stun guns and Tasers that only deliver a single application of voltage are legal to purchase and possess without a permit in North Dakota. No permit is needed to purchase a firearm from a private individual, there is no waiting period, and there is no firearms registration in the state. Background checks are not required for private sales, although they are required when purchasing a handgun from a Federal Firearms Dealer. There is no requirement to inform law enforcement that you are carrying a firearm for anyone with a concealed carry license. However, there is a duty to inform law enforcement for residents constitutionally carrying without a license.

Locations where a concealed handgun may be carried include:

  • In a vehicle for anyone who has been a resident for at least one year with a valid driver’s license or state ID (Non-residents must have a concealed carry permit from a state that North Dakota honors.)
  • Roadside rest areas with a permit
  • State/national parks with a permit
  • State/national forests with a permit
  • Wildlife Management Areas with a permit
  • On a person’s land, or in that individual’s permanent or temporary residence or fixed place of business
  • Restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol, unless posted (However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.)

Locations where carry is prohibited even for permit holders include:

  • Athletic or sporting events
  • Churches or church functions, unless approved by leadership
  • Publicly owned or operated buildings
  • On the Capitol grounds and in any building on the Capitol
  • Any part of a liquor establishment that is set aside for the retail sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Anywhere outside of your home while intoxicated or under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs
  • Gaming sites at which bingo is the primary gaming activity
  • State game refuges or state game management areas
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law

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The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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