North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed a bill Thursday legalizing the right to carry concealed weapons without registration.
A gesture nearly identical to the Sioux State’s neighbor, Idaho, and several other states, including Mississippi, New Hampshire and West Virginia, all of which passed similar laws in 2016, North Dakota residents are now only required to possess a driver’s license or state identification card to carry concealed firearms.
Under current North Dakota law, citizens seeking to carry a concealed firearm are required to submit to a written examination and pay a $100 registration fee.
“Gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility, and that responsibility begins with individuals and families,” read part of Burgum’s statement following his approval of the bill.
Gov. Burgum added he would encourage “anyone considering carrying a concealed weapon to enroll in one of North Dakota’s many certified gun safety courses.”
A former technology executive, gun owner and avid outdoorsman, Burgum said he strongly supports “gun rights for law-abiding citizens.”
North Dakota now joins 11 other states which permit concealed carry without a permit. 31 other states allow “open carry,” by which gun owners can possess a firearm in open public without a permit.
North Dakota’s new law goes into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
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