State Gun Laws for North Dakota

North Dakota State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

North Dakota Gun Laws

North Dakota Gun Laws

Permit to Purchase
Firearm Registration
Licensing of Owners
Permit to Carry
Legal Liabilities
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
Immunity from civil liability
Notable provisions of self-defense law in North Dakota

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in North Dakota

Constitutional Concealed Carry in North Dakota Is Legal. 


Following are the eligibility requirements for an individual to carry concealed in North Dakota without a concealed weapon license:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • Must be 21 to purchase a handgun, but may possess at 18 in North Dakota provided individual is legally able to possess a firearm under the law.
  • Must be a resident of North Dakota for 1 year as evidenced by ND driver license or ND ID card.
  • Not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
    • Examples of prohibitions from possession of a firearm:*
      • Felony conviction
      • Conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (disorderly conduct)
      • Misdemeanor conviction involving violence with the use of a weapon
      • User of drugs or addicted to drugs
      • Dishonorable discharge from the military
      • Renounced US citizenship/Illegal alien
      • Protection order against you
      • Fugitive from justice
      • Right to possess a firearm removed by the courts
      • Right to possess a firearm removed by a mental health or treatment issue
  • ND driver license or ND ID card must be carried (or the individual must have a digital image or the license).
  • If carrying under this provision, the individual MUST inform law enforcement that they are in possession of the firearm upon any in-person contact by a law enforcement officer.
  • Restrictions on location (places) that a firearm may be possessed or carried by law (N.D.C.C. Title 62.1) still apply.

* An individual may be prohibited for other reasons. Please consult an attorney in private practice.

Constitutional Carry and Reciprocity

Constitutional Carry only allows concealed carry of a firearm within the boundaries of North Dakota. You will need a concealed weapon license to carry concealed outside ND. Reciprocity with other states applies only if you possess a valid concealed weapon license. 

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) processes applications for concealed weapon licenses and issues the licenses. The BCI is prohibited from providing information about the status of an application for a concealed weapon license, even to the applicant.

This link is it to the State Website with the application process, and all associated forms, CLICK HERE:

Defender Plan: The Best Protection For Those With A Valid Concealed Carry Permit

State Gun Laws North Dakota ND

North Dakota Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in North Dakota to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including North Dakota have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of North Dakota know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In North Dakota As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of North Dakota are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in North Dakota especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and North Dakota may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From North Dakota With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your North Dakota permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any North Dakota state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that North Dakota state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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