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North Dakota generally allows people to keep or carry loaded firearms in their motor vehicles if they have a concealed weapons permit or have possessed a North Dakota driver’s license or other ID card issued by the state Dept. of Transportation for at least 30 days and meet the other eligibility requirements for a concealed weapons permit.1

Other individuals may also keep or carry unloaded firearms in their vehicles without a license.2, or keep or carry loaded firearms while they are “in the field engaged in lawful hunting or trapping of nongame species or fur-bearing animals.”3

In addition, North Dakota law states that public and private employers may not prohibit customers, employees, and invitees from storing lawfully possessed firearms inside their locked vehicles.4 This prohibition does not apply to certain select locations such as school property or state hospitals, however.5


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  1. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-10(3), (4), (8), (9)(as amended by 2021 ND HB 1293).[]
  2. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-10.[]
  3. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-10(5).[]
  4. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-13.[]
  5. Id.[]