North Dakota has very weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Since 2017, the state has allowed residents to carry loaded, hidden handguns in public without a background check or permit. North Dakota had the 25th-highest gun death rate in the country in 2017 and the 15th-highest crime gun export rate. To save lives from gun violence, North Dakota could require a background check and waiting period on all gun purchases and enact an extreme risk protection order law.

North Dakota Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in North Dakota, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.

  • Prohibition against carrying loaded guns in bars

  • Universal background checks

  • Concealed carry permitting requirement

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Gun owner licensing

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Firearm registration