Private Sales in North Dakota

Posted on January 1, 2012

Private firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in North Dakota, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply.

North Dakota prohibits supplying a firearm or ammunition to a person the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is prohibited from possessing them under state law.1 North Dakota prohibits any person from transferring a handgun to any such a person.2

North Dakota prohibits any person from delivering to or providing a penitentiary inmate with a firearm intended to be used for an assault or to damage property.3 It also prohibits knowingly supplying a firearm for use in a riot.4

See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-08; see also N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-01 (listing the types of individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms under state law). North Dakota also prohibits procuring or receiving a firearm or ammunition for such a person. ((N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-08. []
  2. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-02-02. []
  3. N.D. Cent. Code § 12-47-21(6). []
  4. N.D. Cent. Code § 12.1-25-02. []