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."
The North Dakota State Constitution clearly recognizes the right to keep and bear arms as one of the inalienable rights enjoyed by all individuals.
All individuals are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation; pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness; and to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed.
NDCC Const. Art. 1, § 1
Title 62.1 of the North Dakota Code (Weapons), and in particular, Chapter 62.1-04 (Concealed Weapons) regulates the carrying of knives in that state.
There are no forbidden knives, meaning knives which cannot legally be owned or possessed under North Dakota law.
The concealed carry of certain knives is prohibited under North Dakota law, which provides a very clear definition of what is concealed:
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;
Given the wording of the statute, a fixed blade knife carried in a sheath or pouch attached to a belt, which is “substantially visible,” would not be considered concealed. North Dakota law provides that dangerous weapons may not be carried concealed, with certain exceptions, one of which is a license to carry weapons. Under North Dakota law, a license to carry certain weapons, including knives, is available to persons 18 years of age and older. 62.1-04-03.
An individual, other than a law enforcement officer, may not carry any firearm or dangerous weapon concealed unless the individual is licensed to do so or exempted under this chapter. For purposes of this chapter, the term ‘dangerous weapon’ does not include a spray or aerosol containing CS (ortho-chlorobenzamalonitrile), CN (alpha-chloracetophenone) or other irritating agent intended for use in the defense of an individual, nor does the term include any stun gun or device that uses direct contact to deliver voltage for the defense of an individual.
For purposes of the concealed weapons statute, dangerous weapon is a defined term:
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; …
Five inches or more–length of a knife blade considered a “dangerous weapon.”
No. Firearms only. 62.1-01-03.
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.