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North Dakota operates as a “Shall Issue” state and there are 2 types of permits.
Class 1 & 2 permits where the latter allows for travel outside the state. Applications are processed by a state agency called the Bureau of Criminal Investigation which is completed after you’ve submitted your application to the local sheriff’s office.
You must pass a written test and firearms course for Class 1 & 2 permits
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another reciprocal U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in North Dakota. During their time in North Dakota, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
Without a Permit/License You can only open carry if you have a concealed permit/license.
Without a Permit/License Currently, it is illegal to carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle if you do not have a permit. With a permit, you can legally conceal carry in a vehicle. This will probably all change after August 1, 2017. However, I have not seen the new laws yet.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Allowed in any part of a restaurant were a person under 21 years of age is permitted. “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in North Dakota gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law North Dakota gun laws do not require you to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. But you are legally obligated to carry your permit/license at all times you have a firearm on your person and to hand the permit over if requested by law enforcement.