Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In North Dakota

Women And Handgun Shooting North Dakota ND

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in North Dakota, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in North Dakota, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In North Dakota?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in North Dakota who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in North Dakota. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In North Dakota

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in North Dakota and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in North Dakota, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in North Dakota that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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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.

US Precision Defense offers a members only section, a woman’s section, an on-line store, reciprocity maps and much more!

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. 

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