North Dakotans share reactions to reality of Constitutional Carry Law

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BISMARCK, N.D. - On Aug.1, North Dakotans will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun if they have a valid driver's license or state ID card for at least a year.

The governor signed the bill into law Thursday.

People gave us a variety of responses, several supporting the law and others against it, including one man who uses a handgun regularly.

Many avid shooters are happy with the new Constitutional Carry Law.

Others aren't as thrilled, including those who shoot often.

"If you're going to carry a gun you need to go to training, and I think there should be some kind of rule that says I don't care if you have to have a permit or not but you still have to go through the training," said Don Shuler, Lincoln, N.D.

Don Shuler participates in competitive shooting and has training through his conceal carry permit, training he believes every gun handler should have. Faye Johnson agrees.

"Knowing the appropriate times to have them out or have them not displayed in your car that type of thing," said Faye Johnson, Bismarck

Nicholas Couture owns the Personal Defense Center and says the new law will get more people involved in shooting sports.

"I do think it will be a benefit to people, I don't think it will change anything for the people who are already getting permits that want to travel, bypass background checks, and carry more than one tool as far as other options than handguns," said Nicholas Couture, owner and lead instructor at Personal Defense Center.

Couture says in order to be a responsibly armed citizen, it's important to be familiar with your defensive tool of choice.

Mandan Police Lieutenant Pat Haug says the department enforces state law, and says those who are carrying a weapon who come into contact with officers should always let them know about the gun up front.

Mark Weiler of Bismarck told me he thinks the law allows citizens to exercise their constitutional rights and will be a good thing.