Quick Legal Facts
The concealed carry of certain knives is prohibited.
Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons is prohibited at certain public events and gatherings, as well as schools and school functions.
Five inches or more - length of a knife blade considered a "dangerous weapon."
There are no knives which cannot legally be owned or possessed under North Dakota law.
The concealed carry of dangerous weapons, including knives, is generally prohibited under North Dakota law. For purposes of the concealed weapons statute, dangerous weapon is defined broadly to cover many types of knives and edged weapons:
1. ‘Dangerous weapon’ includes any switchblade or gravity knife, machete, scimitar, stiletto, sword, dagger, or knife with a blade of five inches [12.7 centimeters] or more; any throwing star, nunchaku, or other martial arts weapon; any billy, blackjack, sap, bludgeon, cudgel, metal knuckles, or sand club; any slungshot; any bow and arrow, crossbow, or spear; …
62.1-01-01 (Emphasis added.)
North Dakota law provides a clear definition of what acts constitute concealment of a knife or other dangerous weapon:
A firearm or dangerous weapon is concealed if it is carried in such a manner as to not be discernible by the ordinary observation of a passerby. There is no requirement that there be absolute invisibility of the firearm or dangerous weapon, merely that it not be ordinarily discernible. A firearm or dangerous weapon is considered concealed if it is not secured, and is worn under clothing or carried in a bundle that is held or carried by the individual, or transported in a vehicle under the individual’s control or direction and available to the individual, including beneath the seat or in a glove compartment. A firearm or dangerous weapon is not considered concealed if it is:
1. Carried in a belt holster which is wholly or substantially visible or carried in a case designed for carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon and which is wholly or substantially visible;
2. Locked in a closed trunk or luggage compartment of a motor vehicle;
3. Carried in the field while lawfully engaged in hunting, trapping, or target shooting, whether visible or not;
Considering the plain language of the statute, a knife carried in a sheath or pouch attached to a belt, which is “substantially visible,” would not be considered concealed. The concealment law also protects sportsman who carry knives while engaged in outdoor activities and travelers who have a knife in their vehicle.
North Dakota provides that individuals who are granted a license may carry a firearm or dangerous weapon concealed on their person. N.D.C.C. 62.1-04-02. The definition of dangerous weapon, as quoted above, encompasses knives.
Five inches or more–length of a knife blade considered a “dangerous weapon.”
Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons is prohibited at certain public events and gatherings, as well as schools and school functions. 62.1-02-05.