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Purchase of Firearms-North Dakota

The North Dakota constitution states that “all individuals are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation; pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness; and 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.[i]”

Screening by the National Instant Check System (NICS) is conducted for individuals who intend to purchase any modern firearm in the State of North Dakota.  The NICS check is conducted during the application process.  Therefore, the requirement for a NICS check for a firearm purchase may be waived at the discretion of the weapon dealer for North Dakota residents having a valid concealed weapon permit.

A purchaser of a handgun or an applicant for a license to carry a handgun concealed should not provide false information or false evidence of personal identity.

North Dakota laws prohibit the purchase of any firearm by any person less than 18 years of age.  Law further prohibits any person who is a felon, a delinquent, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is mentally or emotionally unbalanced or disturbed from purchasing a firearm.  A person who has not suffered from the disability for the previous three years shall be exempted from this limitation.

Primary government office that deal with issues relating to firearms is:

North Dakota Office of Attorney General

Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Bismarck, North Dakota 58502-1054

Phone: (701) 328-5550

Fax: (701) 328-5510

Email: bciinfo@state.nd.us

[i] N.D. Const. Art. I, § 1


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