ND Legislators Proposing Constitutional Carry Bill

In late March, Idaho became the 10th state to pass constitutional carry legislation.

This law allows people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit and North Dakota could be added to that list very soon.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-N.D. has drafted a bill that would make it easier to do carry a concealed weapon, and gun owners like the sound of it.

"I did a little research on it and i understand that there is nine other states that are doing it now. I guess and me thinking about it I don't think i would have a problem with it, i think it's a good idea," says Brandon Charvat, Mandan Sporting Goods.

If the constitutional carry bill passes it would allow you to conceal and carry one of these without having to get a permit.

"The points in the bill, it's really not a very complicated bill. The points are that we take away the requirement to have a permit in order to conceal carry," says Becker.

Charvat says that he doesn't see a problem with the bill.

"The criminals are going to get a gun around the law anyway. They're going to buy it privately or whatever so the criminals aren't going to pass a background check or anything like that anyway," says Charvat.

Becker says the "conceal carry" permit would still be made available even if the bill does pass.

"The big reason to still go through a permitting process is so that you can have reciprocity and carry a concealed weapon in other states so we would still have the permitting process in place it just wouldn't be required," says Becker.

Becker also added that the bill would allow residents and non-residents of North Dakota to conceal carry without a permit.

The ten states that have constitutional carry in place include Alaska, Arkansas and Vermont.