Concealed Carry State Laws In North Dakota
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in North Dakota refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in North Dakota are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In North Dakota
While in North Dakota there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in North Dakota the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
The North Dakota State Constitutional Provision States: “All individuals . . . have certain inalienable rights, among which are . . . to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.”
North Dakota is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) shall issue a concealed weapon permit to a qualified applicant. The applicant must pass a written exam and submit an application to the local law enforcement agency, which conducts a local background check before forwarding the application to the BCI. The permit is valid for five years. A concealed weapon permit is required when transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
North Dakota does not require a license to purchase a handgun. You may openly carry an unload weapon without a permit during the day, unless you have a concealed weapons permit, in which case you may openly carry loaded weapons during the day or night.
Interesting law in North Dakota: North Dakota allows employees to sue their employers for damages if asked about gun possession. The North Dakota statue specifically bars employers from asking if employees’ vehicles parked on company property have weapons in them!
Local governments in North Dakota generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition, and North Dakota affords local law enforcement some discretion in issuing concealed carry licenses.
North Dakota is a shall-issue state; authorities are required to issue a concealed carry permit to qualified applicants. Unlike many states, where the minimum age for receiving a permit is 21, North Dakota requires permit holders to be at least 18. The state also requires a written exam and a background check. Application is made through the local Sheriffs and Police departments, for applicants living within a city limits.
Open carry is generally restricted in North Dakota; loaded weapons cannot be carried except by those with a concealed carry permit. The state does have a preemption law that prevents municipal or county governments from enacting gun laws more restrictive than state law, and also has a law protecting firing ranges.
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April, 2013; important self-defense legislation, was signed into law. HB 1283, allows concealed weapons permit (CWP) holders to carry their lawfully possessed firearms in a church building or other place of worship with permission from the primary religious leader. This legislation passed in the state Senate by a 28-17 vote and in the state House by a 82-11 vote.
In 2007, North Dakota enacted a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine. Within one’s home, vehicle or place of business, the law has a “stand-your-ground” clause that permits the use of deadly force against persons breaking in without a duty to retreat. The law, which was lobbied for by the National Rifle Association, provides immunity to persons who use deadly force in such situations.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest anti-gun campaign targets North Dakota, among many other states, and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp isn’t happy about it. The reason? North Dakota has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country and the lowest gun crime rate in the nation. “As the former attorney general of North Dakota, I do not need someone from New York City to tell me how to handle crime in our state,” Heitkamp said. “I know that we can go after and prosecute criminals without the need to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding North Dakotans.”
For those in North Dakota who want to purchase a firearm, the process is fairly straightforward if they are eligible to own one. North Dakota follows federal guidelines and the state doesn’t have specific laws related to gun purchases.
2013, The North Dakota legislature will soon be considering several bills concerning guns, most of them having to deal with a person’s right to own and carry firearms. House Majority Leader Al Carlson says he supports that effort. Carlson says that President Obama does not want an armed citizenry and says he would like to see more effort put into changing social behaviors and mental health screenings.
North Dakota is known for its strong support of the second amendment. The state has a high gun to population ratio and also has a very low incident of violent crimes. US Precision Defense has a complete database of firearms instructors, Shooting ranges, Gun Smiths and state self-defense laws.