North Dakota passes law where if you can read, you can carry a concealed handgun


On March 23, 2017, a bill permitting constitutional carry was signed by North Dakota Governor Burgum. Starting on August 1, 2017, people carrying concealed handguns without a concealed weapons license will need to carry a form of state-issued photo ID (driver’s license), must be a North Dakota resident for at least 1 year, must inform police about their handgun upon contact, and must not otherwise be prohibited from possessing a firearm by law. The existing concealed weapons licenses, Class 1 & 2, will continue to be available to allow cross state reciprocity. Open carry of a loaded handgun will still require a permit.

Concealed carry holsters and pocket holsters


As Dave Thompson of Prairie Public Broadcasting reports, “The measure allows people 18 and older to carry hidden firearms without having to undergo background checks or training — as long as they’re law-abiding citizens.” Anyone who is eligible to possess a Class 2 firearm license and has had a valid driver’s license or state ID card for at least a year may carry a concealed firearm. But they don’t need a Class 2 firearm license. They must pass a written exam. Many have pointed out that the exam is not at all difficult.

The 10 states with the lowest homicide rates are: North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Utah, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts and Oregon.

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