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North Dakota Concealed Carry Law

North Dakota has a state preemption on firearms restrictions.  This means that no local government within the state can add additional restrictions to the state laws.   Gun laws in North Dakota allow the open carry of long guns in most areas but open carry of a loaded handgun is only permitted by those who have a concealed weapons license.  If you do not have a concealed carry permit then North Dakota law allows you to carry one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset as long as the firearm is clearly visible and unloaded.  Even with a concealed carry permit there are specific areas where concealed carrying is not allowed.  This include:  schools, churches, sporting events, concerts, political rallies or public buildings.

A concealed carry permit is available in the state of North Dakota.  The state is considered a “shall issue” state for concealed carry permits.  This means that a permit shall be issued to all qualified applicants who apply.  The requirements for a concealed carry permit in North Dakota are as follows:  1) complete a written exam, 2) submit an application for concealed carry to the local law enforcement agency and 3) pass a background check.  The North Dakota concealed carry permit is good for five years from time of issue. 

There is another option for those in North Dakota to obtain a concealed carry permit that leverages the states reciprocity laws. offers an entirely online class for Concealed Carry Permit training.  Our professional, nationally respected instructors will teach you all the basics.  Just pass a short exam, and you’re ready to apply for the Virginia Non-Resident Multi-State Permit, which is accepted in 29 states, including North Dakota.  It’s easy, intuitive, and the best value available.  This is the quickest way to obtain your concealed carry permit that works in North Dakota and a multitude of states.


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