Constitutional Concealed Carry



Following is general information regarding the eligibility requirements for an individual to carry concealed in North Dakota without a concealed weapon license:


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • Must be 21 to purchase a handgun, but may possess at 18 in North Dakota provided individual is legally able to possess a firearm under the law.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license or nondriver identification card from the state or territory in which the individual resides and not otherwise precluded from possessing the weapon.
  • Not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm.
    • Examples of prohibitions from possession of a firearm:*
      • Felony conviction
      • Conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (disorderly conduct)
      • Misdemeanor conviction involving violence with the use of a weapon
      • User of drugs or addicted to drugs
      • Dishonorable discharge from the military
      • Renounced US citizenship/Illegal alien
      • Protection order against you
      • Fugitive from justice
      • Right to possess a firearm removed by the courts
      • Right to possess a firearm removed by a mental health or treatment issue
  • Driver’s license or nondriver identification card must be carried (or the individual must have a digital image of the license).
  • If carrying under this provision, the individual MUST inform law enforcement that they are in possession of the firearm upon any in-person contact by a law enforcement officer.
  • Restrictions on location (places) that a firearm may be possessed or carried by law (N.D.C.C. Title 62.1) still apply.

* An individual may be prohibited for other reasons. Please consult an attorney in private practice.



Concealed Carry in a Motor Vehicle


Under the state’s Constitutional Carry law, may a person carry a loaded gun in a vehicle? See Attorney General Opinion 2017-L-07. For more information or assistance on this issue, please contact an attorney in private practice.





The Office of Attorney General and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are prohibited from providing legal assistance to, or interpreting the law for, the public. If you have questions about the law or your eligibility for Constitutional Carry, contact an attorney in private practice.




Constitutional Carry and Reciprocity


Constitutional Carry only allows concealed carry of a firearm by an eligible individual within the boundaries of North Dakota. You will need a concealed weapon license to carry concealed outside ND. Reciprocity with other states applies only if you possess a valid concealed weapon license.


Office of Attorney General
General Inquiries
(701) 328-2210


(701) 328-3404
1-800-472-2600 within ND only

Tip Line

1-800-472-2185 within ND only

Concealed Weapon
Licensing Unit

(701) 328-5523

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