North Dakota Gun Laws Like many other states, North Dakota has been deemed a "shall
issue" state in regards to concealed carrying. Permits are to be issued
to applicants who qualify to receive concealed weapons permits through
North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
It is the state's prerogative to insure that firearms are only handled
by those with the means to control them. This limits the certain
individuals from qualification, such as minors, the mentally ill, and
those who have been convicted of felonies.
To qualify for a concealed weapons permit in North Dakota, a written
exam must first be passed and an application submitted to the correct
law enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies will then conduct
background checks and present the information to the Bureau of Criminal
Investigation. This kind of firearm permit is only valid for a
three-year time period.
Concealed weapons permits are required to transport any kind of loaded
shotgun, rifle, or handgun in a motor vehicle. Despite being permitted
to carry a concealed weapon, the permit does not allow a concealed
weapon to be prohibited inside an alcohol-serving establishment, a site
of gaming, on school property, on church property, at sporting events,
at political rallies, at concerts, or in any kind of public building.
The only individuals with this authorization are those who are
permitted through local law and law enforcement officials.
North Dakota preempts any political subdivisions from enacting
ordinances towards selling, owning, purchasing, transferring,
licensing, or registering any kind of ammunition or firearm. This is
often much more restrictive than the provided state law.
Under North Dakota law the distributors of, the manufacturers of, and
the sellers of firearms are not to be held liable in cases where injury
has been sustained due to the misuse of a firearm towards another
individual. These individuals may however be sued for contract
breaching, for warrant breaching, or for defects from poor designing or
Permitted Firearms The state of North Dakota does not require permits to be
obtained before rifles, shotguns, and handguns are to be purchased. The
registration of shotguns and rifles is also unnecessary, however it is
illegal to not register a handgun. Owners do not need to be licensed to
own shotguns or rifles. Permits are also not needed to carry shotguns
or rifles. All concealed handguns must be accompanied by a permit,
Firearm Possession An individual who has been convicted of a violent felony offense
is not allowed to possess firearms until his or her rights have been
restored. These Constitutional rights may be restored ten years after
the individual has been released from prison or ten years after
probation has finished. Rights are restored from whichever date comes
second. Those convicted of misdemeanors in the Class A category, which
involve intimidation and violence through a deadly weapon, will also be
prohibited from possession firearms. This right may be restored five
years after a release from jail or five years after the termination of
probation, whichever comes second.