With limited exceptions, any person, including a concealed carry licensee, may not knowingly possess a firearm at:

  • The part of a liquor establishment set aside for the retail sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, unless the person is the proprietor, the proprietor’s employee, or a designee of the proprietor displaying an unloaded firearm as a prize or sale item in a raffle or auction;1
  • An establishment used as a gaming site at which bingo is the primary gaming activity, unless the person is the proprietor, the proprietor’s employee, or a designee of the proprietor displaying an unloaded firearm as a prize or sale item in a raffle or auction;2 or
  • A public gathering (defined to mean a sporting or athletic event, school, church, or publicly owned or operated building), however, a person with a concealed carry permit may carry in a church or other house of worship if authorized by the church’s authorities.3

However, the prohibition on possession of a firearm at public gatherings does not apply to:

  • Competitors participating in organized sport shooting events;
  • Gun and antique shows;
  • Participants using blank cartridge firearms at sporting or theatrical events;
  • Firearms carried in a temporary residence or motor vehicle;
  • Students and instructors at hunter safety classes;
  • An individual in a publicly owned or operated rest area or restroom; or
  • Private security personnel while on duty.4

Possession of a firearm within a state game refuge or state game management area is generally prohibited.5

Possession of a rifle or shotgun between sunset and sunrise in and about territory where big game animals are frequently and usually found is prima facie evidence that the person was hunting big game animals contrary to law.6

North Dakota law prohibits being “afield”7 with a firearm while intoxicated or under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.8 However, the only penalty for a violation of this section is revocation of the person’s hunting privileges for two years.9

Notes
  1. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-04. ⤴︎
  2. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-04. ⤴︎
  3. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-05. ⤴︎
  4. N.D. Cent. Code §62.1-02-05(2). ⤴︎
  5. N.D. Cent. Code § 20.1-11-13(3). The owner or lessee of lands or a lake set aside as a state game refuge may not carry firearms within its limits, nor permit his or her family members or other persons to do so, unless the owner or lessee has reason to believe there are carnivorous animals in the refuge and the Director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides written permission to hunt such animals. N.D. Cent. Code § 20.1-11-08. ⤴︎
  6. N.D. Cent. Code § 20.1-05-05. ⤴︎
  7. “Afield” is defined in N.D. Cent. Code § 20.1-01-02 as “away from one’s home or camp.” ⤴︎
  8. N.D. Cent. Code § 20.1-01-06. ⤴︎
  9. N.D. Cent. Code §§ 20.1-01-06, 20.1-15-01—20.1-15-15. ⤴︎