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North Dakota’s lack of basic gun safety laws puts its residents at risk. State lawmakers must take immediate action to protect children and adults alike from gun violence. 

Since 2017, the state has allowed residents to carry loaded, hidden handguns in public without a background check or permit. North Dakota had the 28th-highest gun death rate in the country in 2020 and the 18th-highest crime gun export rate. To save lives from gun violence, North Dakota should require a background check and waiting period on all gun purchases and enact an extreme risk protection order law.

What North Dakota Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws

What North Dakota Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.