North Dakota Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in North Dakota

North Dakota has put into place a set of gun laws that regulate the ownership, sale, transfer, and purchase of firearms in the state. Concealed carry permits are issued by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). North Dakota is a “Shall Issue” state and operates “Unrestricted.” There are two types of permits that you can apply for, Class 1 and Class 2. As of March 2017, North Dakota is now a constitutional carry state and residents can open carry or concealed carry with a permit. The state enforces gun laws and does not allow counties to overrule them in regards to sale, possession, transfer or purchase. Applicants for a concealed carry permit must pass a written test given by the local sheriff’s office. North Dakota issues permits for residents and non-residents. Although an open carry state, there are a few areas where you cannot carry such as public gatherings, concerts, and churches.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes-With a Permit/License Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes/No-Without a Permit/License Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 39 # of states that honor North Dakota license
  • 38 # of state licenses that North Dakota honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 60 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

North Dakota’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

North Dakota CCW Reciprocity Map

Thirty-nine states allow a North Dakota gun permit for residents and they are 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These states allow a North Dakota gun permit for non-residents for purposes of reciprocity, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

North Dakota offers reciprocity with these following states:

North Dakota, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

North Dakota Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

North Dakota is a “Shall Issue” state, and although they allow open carry, permits are required in some situations and for reciprocity. For example, you cannot have a gun in your vehicle unless you have a concealed carry permit. The attorney general’s office issues concealed carry permits. After applying you may wait up to 60 days for approval or denial. You do not have to notify officers when you are carrying a concealed weapon. You can only open carry legally with a permit, but you do not have to obey any “no weapons” signs. You can carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, but only if you are twenty-one years or older. You are allowed to take firearms into state parks. You may not, however, carry in schools, athletic events, musical concerts, political rallies, bars or gaming places, or private property. You must also observe all federal regulations regarding carry.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

When applying for a Class 2 permit, you must be at least 18 years old. For a Class 1 permit, you must be twenty-one or older. You must also be a legal U.S. citizen and legally able to possess a firearm. You must be a resident of North Dakota and have a driver’s license to prove it. You must also complete the proper training and fill out an application and complete the written test. You will undergo a state-level background check and must not have any convictions or infractions which make you ineligible. You must follow all federal laws regarding qualification also, and you can not have any felonies or be mentally ill.

North Dakota Gun Background Check

North Dakota is a not a “point of contact” state, and it does not require gun dealerships to run a state-level background check before selling guns and ammunition. However, licensed dealers are required to contact the FBI and run a background check through NCIS before selling to a buyer. If a North Dakota resident has a permit to carry, then the background check will be waived.

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ND CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Age 18 for a Class 2 license, or age 21 for a Class 1 license.
  • A United States citizen or legal permanent resident alien.
  • Legally able to possess a firearm/dangerous weapon.
  • Must be a resident of North Dakota for 1 year as evidenced by ND driver license or ND ID card.
  • Successfully complete the training requirements.
  • Not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
  • No disqualifying offenses. A criminal background check is conducted on every new and renewal applicant. If you have been convicted of any alcohol-related offense within the past 10 years, you are ineligible for a Class 1 license but may apply for a Class 2 license.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. No permit will be required after August 1, 2017
  2. Decide if you want a Class 1 or Class 2 license
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  4. Make an appointment with a test Administrator. All first time applicants must pass a written test based on the Concealed Weapon License Manual.
  5. If you chose a Class 1 license you will also need to complete a firearms proficiency test.
  6. Gather the required documents together Cashiers check or money order for $60; Photocopy of your drivers license; Two color passport photos Two fingerprint cards (for new applicants)
  7. Mail the completed application and all required documents to; BCI-CWL PO Box 1054 Bismarck ND 58502
  8. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

CCW Renewal

  • Timely renewal is the responsibility of the license holder – but to remind you, the BCI will send a renewal reminder to the last address we have on file. You may begin the renewal process up to 180 days prior to the license expiration date through the expiration date. A renewal application must be postmarked on or before the license expiration date. Late or incomplete applications cannot be processed.
  • The first step of the renewal process is to review the requirements.
  • To renew a Class 1 license, you will need to complete the full testing process, just as you did for your initial license. You can “downgrade” to a class 2 license and avoid having to retest by indicating on the application that you would like a class 2 license. You do not have to retest to renew a class 2 license.
  • In order to comply with current federal firearm requirements, a renewed license is valid for five years from the date it is issued.
  • To "upgrade" an expiring Class 2 license to a Class 1 license, you must complete the application process for a Class 1 license including the required testing, documents and fees.
  • If your license has expired, it is not a valid license and cannot be renewed. You will have to start over as a new applicant.

ND Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Concealed weapon license (handguns)$60.00$60.00$50 - $100

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in North Dakota

AllowedForbidden
State parksPublic gatherings
State and national forestsAthletic or sporting events
Road side rest areasSchools or school functions
VehicleChurches or church functions
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenPolitical rallies or functions
Musical concerts
Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages or is used as a gaming site
Individuals in publicly owned parks where hunting is not allowed by proclamation and publicly owned or operated buildings
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

North Dakota CCW Contact

North Dakota Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Office of Attorney General
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
600 East Boulevard Avenue
City:Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone:(855) 562-4946
(701) 328-5500

CCW Licensing Offices in North Dakota

Adams County Sheriff Office

Office Address
604 Adams Ave, Hettinger, ND 58639

Phone
(701) 567-2530

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Barnes County Sheriff Office

Office Address
575 10th St SW #4, Valley City, ND 58072

Phone
(701) 845-8530

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Benson County Sheriff Office

Office Address
311 B Ave S, Minnewaukan, ND 58351

Phone
(701) 473-5357

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Billings County Sheriff Office

Office Address
495 4th St, Medora, ND 58645

Phone
(701) 623-4323

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Bottineau County Sheriff Office

Office Address
314 5th St W, Bottineau, ND 58318

Phone
(701) 228-2740

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Bowman County Sheriff Office

Office Address
104 1st St NW #9, Bowman, ND 58623

Phone
(701) 523-5421

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Burke County Sheriff Office

Office Address
103 Railway St SE, Bowbells, ND 58721

Phone
(701) 377-2311

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Burleigh County Sheriff Office

Office Address
514 E Thayer Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone
(701) 222-6651

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Counties in North Dakota