North Dakota Latest State To Adopt Constitutional Carry Of Handguns

I’ll be honest: so many states are adopting constitutional carry at such a fast rate, with so many state-specific variations, that I simply can’t keep up with them all. North Dakota, for example, just managed to pass a version of “constitutional carry” before I even realized a bill had been introduced.

Nicely done.

Starting in August, North Dakota residents can carry a concealed handgun without a special permit.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Thursday that allows people to conceal carry as long as they have had a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The new law applies to people only within the state. Residents will still not be able to conceal carry outside of North Dakota without the proper permit.

The bill does not change the places you are allowed to conceal carry like schools and other public buildings.

No law enforcement agencies or groups testified against HB 1169. A representative of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association testified the bill is more enforceable because of the provision restricting it only to North Dakota residents and the requirement that those carrying a concealed weapon must inform a peace officer upon contact.

You’ll note the bill only applies to in-state residents of North Dakota. Residents of other states who conceal carry will have to have a concealed carry permit from a state that has reciprocity with North Dakota.

North Dakota’s “residents only” legislation is similar to that of Idaho.