North Dakota may be the next state to allow permitless concealed carry of a handgun. Proposed by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), if the proposed legislation passes, any person legally allowed to possess a firearm could do so without the need of a permit. North Dakota’s laws now require concealed carry applicants to undergo mandatory gun safety training which cover the basic rules of gun safety, how to determine when shooting is considered justifiable and also reviews basic marksmanship.
Democrat House Minority Leader Corey Mock is concerned that if the training courses are eliminated, people who lack common gun knowledge will be allowed to carry weapons.
“I think everyone that I’ve spoken to who’s had it, myself included, really benefits from going through the permitting process. I would like to find some way we can incorporate education if we’re going to discuss any changes to this law,” Mock said.
Another concern is that North Dakota’s Class 1 concealed carry permits are acknowledged in 39 other states, which is a phenomenal reciprocity rate. Many of the state’s residents feel that advantage could be lost if North Dakota allows permitless concealed carry. The federal effort underway for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 has not passed yet, and for those who travel, this is a concern. Other states have allowed concealed carry without the need for a permit and have allowed residents to keep their concealed carry license process for those who wanted to travel.