By Ben Garrett Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms? North Dakota honors concealed carry permits from the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. North Dakota’s concealed carry permits are honored by the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition to those barred by federal law, state law bars gun possession by persons who have been convicted of a felony and have been imprisoned or on probation within 10 years, persons who have been convicted of a Class A misdemeanor involving violence or intimidation and the use of a firearm and have been imprisoned or on probation within five years, and a person who has been committed or confined due to mental illness, except for persons who have not suffered from that illness within three years.

The state also requires a written exam and a background check.

Unlike many states, where the minimum age for receiving a permit is 21, North Dakota requires permit holders to be at least 18.

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.”Concealed Carry North Dakota is a shall-issue state, meaning authorities are required to issue a concealed carry permit to qualified applicants.

Castle Doctrine North Dakota enacted a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine in 2007.

Within one’s home, vehicle or place of business, the law has a “stand-your-ground” clause that permits the use of deadly force against persons breaking in without a duty to retreat.

The law, which was lobbied for by the National Rifle Association, provides immunity to persons who use deadly force in such situations.

Pro-Gun Provisions Open carry is generally restricted in North Dakota; loaded weapons cannot be carried except by those with a carry permit.

The state does have a preemption law that prevents municipal or county governments from enacting gun laws more restrictive than state law, and also has a law protecting firing ranges.

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