North Dakota knife law is short but very disorganized, and can be difficult to find and understand. This article puts the law in an organized and easy to understand order and language, telling you exactly what is legal and what is not legal when owning and carrying knives in the state of North Dakota.
It is legal to own any type of knife in North Dakota. North Dakota has no laws making it a crime to own any kind of knife.
62.1-04-02. Carrying concealed firearms or dangerous weapons prohibited.
No person, other than a law enforcement officer, may carry any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless the person is licensed to do so or exempted pursuant to this chapter…
North Dakota considers a dangerous weapon concealed if it is worn on the body or kept in a vehicle where it is within reach of the carrier and is not discernible as a weapon by ordinary observation. The statute provides that a dangerous weapon is not concealed if it is locked in a trunk or luggage compartment of a vehicle, carried in a holster or case where it is wholly or substantially visible, or carried in any manner while lawfully hunting, trapping, or target shooting.
Under North Dakota law, “dangerous weapon” includes any switchblade or gravity knife machete, scimitar, stiletto, sword, dagger, or any knife with a blade 5 inches or longer.
A North Dakota resident may obtain a permit to carry a concealed dangerous weapon upon a showing that he or she has a valid reason for conceal carrying the weapon, including self protection or for work-related purposes. In order to issued a permit to carry a concealed dangerous weapon an applicant must be twenty-one years of age (eighteen for a class 2 license), not have been adjudicated by a Court of law as mentally incompetent, qualified to purchase and possess a firearm under federal law, and never convicted of a/an:
Applicants must also successfully complete a classroom course, pass an open book test, demonstrate familiarity with a firearm or dangerous weapon, and complete an actual shooting or certified proficiency test.
North Dakota knife law is short and to the point. It allows for the ownership and open carry of any type of knife.
It is illegal to conceal carry gravity knives, switchblades, dirks, daggers, stilettos, scimitar, swords, or any knife with a blade 5 inches or longer.
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