North Dakota Passes Constitutional Carry

North Dakota has passed constitutional carry back on March 23rd and the lack of ‘gunfire in the streets’ allowed the bill being signed into law to fall through the cracks.

Sorry, North Dakota. We suck.

So what is the deal with constitutional carry in North Dakota? Easy. Hold a North Dakota drivers license or ID card for over a year and be eligible for the outgoing ‘Class 2’ firearms license. Now I am not a lawyer nor am I an expert on North Dakota gun laws, so please do your own research before you stuff a couple Deagles into your pants and stroll down to the gas station for a 4 pack of Seagrams Wine Coolers.

Below is the press release from the North Dakota Governor’s office:

BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum today signed legislation allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun if they have possessed a valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year.

The “constitutional carry” authority provided under House Bill 1169 applies only within North Dakota’s borders. Those wanting concealed carry reciprocity with other states must apply for a Class 1 or Class 2 North Dakota concealed weapon license, for which the requirements remain unchanged.

Current law only requires an applicant for a Class 2 license to complete an open-book test, at a cost of up to $50, and undergo a criminal history records check.  Class 1 licenses require firearms training and additional requirements. Both licenses carry a $60 application fee.

Under HB 1169, anyone who is eligible to possess a Class 2 firearm license and has had a valid driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm. Law enforcement officials recommended the state ID language, as well as the bill’s requirement that anyone carrying a concealed weapon inform law enforcement of the weapon during a traffic stop or other contact.

Someone who has been convicted of a felony or crime of violence will still be precluded from carrying a handgun under this new law. Individuals who initiate the purchase of a handgun from a federally licensed dealer are still required to undergo a federal background check, which runs their name and descriptive information through three national databases.

“North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and a culture of deep respect for firearm safety. As a hunter and gun owner myself, I strongly support gun rights for law-abiding citizens,” Burgum said. “House Bill 1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution. It also is consistent with the North Dakota Constitution, which declares in Article I that all individuals have the inalienable right ‘to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.’ ”

At the same time, Burgum – who has a Class 1 concealed weapons license that requires applicants to demonstrate firearms proficiency – noted that neither the existing Class 2 requirements nor HB 1169 have a firearms training component. He encouraged anyone considering carrying a concealed weapon to enroll in one of North Dakota’s many certified gun safety courses.

“Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility, and that responsibility begins with individuals and families,” Burgum said.

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.

“I ask legislators and law enforcement officials to closely monitor this new law with a continual focus on public safety,” Burgum said.

The bill does not change the places designated in law as off-limits to conceal carry, including schools and publicly owned or operated buildings.

House Bill 1169, which passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support, takes effect Aug. 1, 2017.

More information about concealed weapon licenses is available on the North Dakota Attorney General’s website at


North Dakota makes for the thirteenth state in the union to pass a form of constitutional carry. Do you think that you might be seeing some new laws in your state?

Patrick R

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  • Franivelius

    Good for the citizens of North Dakota! I need to get out of this shithole called Argentina 🙁

  • nonobaddog

    Who is the “We” in “We suck” ?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      We = The Firearm Blog

      • Ed

        NOT constitutional carry. State wide permitless carry WITH provisions. Awful lot of requirements to call it constitutional carry, especially when it only covers state residents.

        • Dan

          2A has provisions as well. Like it or not it is what it is. If you want more, then grab some buddies and some guns. Go march on Congress to demand your full uninfringed 2A back then report back and tell us how it worked out for you. Or keep doing what you’re doing and that is criticizing other peoples efforts online while you do next to nothing.
          Also it can be called constitutional and only cover state residents since North Dakota has a state constitution.

  • Tim

    Kick azz!

  • Southpaw89

    North Dakota gets Constitutional Carry, and Charter Arms gets free advertising, it is a good day for the firearms industry indeed. Seriously though, happy for ’em, doubt it’ll happen where I live.

    • John

      I saw it and said “what is the only ugly snub nose” and, of course, it was a CA.

  • Guns from scrap

    is this the 14th state to Constitutional Carry?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      13th I believe.

      • Guns from scrap


      • jcitizen

        As far as I know, the state of Kansas says as long as you are not a felon, you have the right to carry. They go even further, that if a building does not have guards or metal detectors at the entrances, then they have to allow carry inside those buildings. This means ALL buildings. I don’t know if they call that “Constitutional” or not.

  • Swarf

    Congratulations go out to all 36 residents.

  • Garrett Lucas

    Maybe I’m missing something, but that doesn’t really sound like Constitutional Carry to me. You still have to pass a test and pay $50 for the license, pass a background check and pay another $60 just to apply. Also, you have to be a citizen of that state for a year? Another test of sorts…Am I missing something here? True Constitutional Carry means that the affirmation by the Constitution in the 2nd Amendment is the only thing required to carry concealed. Maybe I’m missing something in the story.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      That is the old system.

      • Garrett Lucas

        Okay. I see. I just looked up the text of the bill. So, you still have to have a ND license or ID for 1 year to carry.

    • Steve T

      It sounds like a registration to me.

      • Jimmy TreeKicker

        Yeah it sort of does; this restriction was added to the bill at the request of law enforcement to ensure that only actual North Dakotan’s could take advantage of the new law. Basically they didn’t want people who would be in the state temporarily like NoDAPL protesters or transient oil workers to be able to carry.

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  • John

    So North Dakota has constitutional carry? Who was going to object? The three cows, the farmer or the chicken?

    • joeyskylynx

      More likely the NoDAPL folk who keep squatting on federal land here.

  • Ed

    Not really “constitutional” carry if it inly covers N.D. residents after a year. Sounds like state wide permitless carry to me.

    • nonobaddog

      You are right, that is exactly what it is.

    • valorius

      still a BIG step in the right direction.

    • Dan

      The state has a it’s own constitution. This bill is inline with that, hence why they call it constitutional

  • Major Tom

    37 to go.

    • Gary Kirk

      36 to go, and one that’s too far gone and just needs to go away..

      • aevangel1

        @ Gary Kirk,

        You are right; commiefornia just needs to slide off into the ocean and take all the anti-freedom marxists with it.

        • Nunya Bidniz

          Huh? I thought the one that needs to go was New Jersey, which is still the gun-fearing Tory stronghold that it was during the Rev. War, and has gun laws that make the PRK’s rabidly anti-gun politicians salivate…

  • Jim_Macklin

    Keep in mind, the gun haters will always come back out of their holes. They only have to win an occasional battle.
    We stand proudly but must defeat every stinking, evil gun bill because we lose some rights with every compromise.
    There is no magic wand, regaining freedom comes in step w/o and back shuffle.

    • Welkingtn

      There is a way to stop gun haters and lawers, make them responsible of every unarmed victim.
      USA is forgeting that you have freedom thanks to the second amendmt,we in EU havent free speech, speak (without being extremist) can be a crime here.
      Without the second few elite would control all powers like here.

      • REALITY

        BS, you can say what you want, unless its holocaust denial etc. Beeing seen as an extremist depends on your choice of words and is nothing than a little SOCIAL penalty, NOT an actual Law that brings you in jail.

        • maxsnafu

          People have been arrested in England for criticizing their immigration policy. In Sweden the laws governing what you are allowed to say are even more draconian.

          • Form Factor

            Only if things are way to extrem/ and direct (i dont know the word) rabble-rousing.

          • maxsnafu

            In France, Germany, Britain, and Sweden the laws against “unacceptable” speech are MUCH worse than you make it sound–and the various minority groups and the governments get to determine what is allowed and what gets you arrested.

          • Quest

            I live in Germany and its perfectly fine.

      • carlcasino

        “Hate Speech” is a Crime in many European Countries. This is what happens when America wants to be more sophisticated like Europe. Let somebody else do the heavy lifting we are too busy sipping wine, with our pinky finger pointing to our saviors, NATO.

    • john huscio

      “Keep in mind, the gun haters will always come back out of their holes”

      In north Dakota, that problem is usually solved by a garden hose in the main entrance hole and a guy with a scoped bolt action .308 over the exit holes….

    • RICH

      Amen Jim ! With over 300,000,000 legal firearms in our country I really think the ‘haters’ will play hell and pay a very steep price if they ever decide they want to try to ‘take them away’ from the honest Americans ! We have to continue to support and fight for the 2nd Amendment. I sincerely feel that if it wasn’t for the NRA the Haters and Liberals would have trashed the 2nd Amendment quite some time ago ! America would have become like Great Britain or Australia.

  • valorius

    That makes 13 now, right?

  • USMC03Vet

    Firearms not politics!!!!

  • Biker6666

    “1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right” – wrong Governor – it is an inalienable right. N. Dakota is just avoiding a costly lawsuit!

  • AC97

    “But, but, muh blood in the streets…”

  • NoHatAllCattle

    Montana has thrice (3 times) passed constitutional carry within our state legislature…three times our Governors have vetoed it (both lying hacks, goes without saying…), first Schweitzer (once) and now Bullock (twice). I really hope next time around our legislature can get enough majority to be veto-proof.

    I love this state but Missoula and Helena ruin our chances of returning to a proper permitless carry state.

  • RICH

    It’s always great to hear GOOD news….! ! Now we need the rest of the states to follow !

  • joeyskylynx
  • 1johnnyp

    hmmm…Places you cannot carry in N. Dakota. 1) Schools 2) Publicly owned or operated buildings. Number 2 is like everywhere or did I read this wrong?

    • Jimmy TreeKicker

      As a happy North Dakotan the ‘Public’ in #2 above refers to Government Buildings since they are owned and/or operated for ‘the people’ so carry not allowed in the capitol, courthouses, police stations, etc.

      • 1johnnyp

        Thanks JT.