Important Changes to North Dakota Gun Laws Go Into Effect

Responsible gun owners must continually stay up to date on changes to gun laws within their state and the states they travel to. For example, yesterday (August 1st, 2021), a couple of essential changes to North Dakota gun law went into effect.

North Dakota Reciprocity Changes:

If you have a North Dakota Permit, this change won’t affect you. However, if you are visiting North Dakota, the shift in reciprocity has a significant impact.

Permitless Carry North Dakota

North Dakota will now only honor resident permits from the states with a current reciprocity agreement in place.

These states include:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South, Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (Enhanced permits only), Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

If you’re interested in which states currently honor your North Dakota permit, you can create your reciprocity map by clicking here.

Changes to North Dakota Self-Defense Law:

An essential change to North Dakota’s self-defense law is thanks to House Bill 1498. HB1498 enacts stand your ground in North Dakota, eliminating the overly subjective and burdensome duty to retreat. A person no longer has to retreat before using force in self-defense as long as they are there legally.

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  1. Hillard Fried on August 2, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    What should I do?

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