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North Dakota approves law allowing residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit

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Starting in August, North Dakota residents can carry a concealed handgun without a special permit.

Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Thursday that allows people to conceal carry as long as they have had a valid North Dakota driver's license or state ID card for at least a year.

The new law applies to people only within the state. Residents will still not be able to conceal carry outside of North Dakota without the proper permit.

The bill does not change the places you are allowed to conceal carry like schools and other public buildings.

No law enforcement agencies or groups testified against HB 1169. A representative of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association testified the bill is more enforceable because of the provision restricting it only to North Dakota residents and the requirement that those carrying a concealed weapon must inform a peace officer upon contact.

"I ask legislators and law enforcement officials to closely monitor this new law with a continual focus on public safety," Burgum said.

The law takes effect on Aug. 1.

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