Posted on January 1, 2012
Last updated November 14, 2011
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. North Dakota ranked 34th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws. North Dakota does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Require the licensing of gun owners; or
- Impose registration requirements on firearms.
In 2007 (the last year for which data is available), North Dakota ranked 16th among the states in the number of gun deaths per capita. Additionally, compared with other states, in 2009, North Dakota supplied the 35th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita. North Dakota exports more crime guns than it imports
North Dakota Firearms Laws
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