North Dakota: Senate Passes Self-Defense Bills

Gun Rights

Today, the Senate voted, by overwhelming majorities, to pass House Bills 1339 and 1340, to improve self-defense rights in North Dakota. They will now go to Governor Doug Burgum’s desk for his signature.

The Senate voted 44-3 to pass House Bill 1339, which removes the requirement that individuals exercising constitutional carry must have a North Dakota driver’s license or ID card at least 30 days old and instead extends it to include those with valid driver’s licenses or ID cards from any state. This ensures that all law-abiding citizens can access their right-to-carry whether they live here, just moved here, or are just visiting.

The Senate voted 41-6 to pass House Bill 1340, which enhances North Dakota’s firearm preemption law, stating that the Legislature is the sole authority in the state allowed to regulate firearms. This prevents localities from creating a confusing patchwork of gun laws in the state and ensures that citizens enjoy the same Second Amendment rights across the whole state.

NRA thanks the prime sponsor, Representative Ben Koppelman, for these bills, along with all of the lawmakers who worked hard to make sure they passed both chambers of the Legislature. Please stay tuned to and your email inbox for further updates.

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