North Dakota Gun Laws
Open carry is illegal
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Only when asked by the officer
Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
You may only have a firearm in an establishment that sells alcohol if in the part of a restaurant that permits those under the age of 21. 62.1-02-04
Firearms at Colleges:
Concealed guns allowed only in locked cars in parking lots
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
ND permittee with loaded handgun lawful in vehicle only and some localities may have more restrictive policies
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit:
Firearms must be secured, meaning closed into a trunk or nonpassenger part of the vehicle or rendered inoperative. ND residents of 1 year or more can carry an unsecured firearm
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Some variance by locality
Permit Training Requirements:
An applicant for a class 1 license shall successfully participate in a classroom instruction that sets forth
weapon safety rules and the deadly force law of North Dakota, complete an open book test based upon a
manual, demonstrate familiarity with a firearm or dangerous weapon, and complete an actual shooting or
certified proficiency exercise. An applicant for a class 2 license is required to successfully complete the open book test offered for the
class 1 license.
Permit Issuing Authority:
Office of Attorney General - Bureau of Criminal Investigation
State Contact Info:
North Dakota Attorney General
600 E. Blvd. Ave | Dept 125
Bismarck, ND 85505
Length of Permit Validity:
Permit Application Process:
Apply via mail. Include all required documentation, application, and fee.
Non-residents who have a permit from their home state and whose state has reciprocity with ND may apply.
Places Off Limits:
See state specific regulation about establishments that serve alcohol.
. An individual who knowingly possesses a firearm or dangerous weapon at a public gathering is guilty
of a class B misdemeanor. For the purpose of this section, "public gathering" means an athletic or sporting
event, school or school function and a publicly owned or operated building.
To carry in a place of worship one must have the approval to carry by a primary religious leader of the place of worship.
Yes, but only for those who are ND residents for at least 1 year and have in their possession a state issued photo ID.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
Reciprocity for the basic permit:
Duty to Retreat:
Duty to Retreat before using Deadly Force except when in your dwelling (12.1-05-07)
No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
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