North Dakota Knife Laws


North Dakota’s knife laws are fairly basic.  You can own any life you please, but the state places restrictions on the carrying of knives.  Automatic knives, including switchblades, as well as large knives, like Bowie knives, are all legal.  However, you cannot carry a dangerous weapon in a concealed manner.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in North Dakota?

There are no prohibited knives in North Dakota, so you can carry everything from a pocket knife to a Bowie knife to a switchblade.  That being said, there are restrictions on what you can carry.

  • You can openly carry any knife
  • If you have the proper license, you can conceal carry any knife

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in North Dakota?

While you can own any type of knife you’d like in North Dakota, you’ll be quite restricted regarding what you can carry in a concealed fashion.

  • You cannot conceal-carry a machete
  • You cannot conceal-carry a gravity knife
  • You cannot conceal-carry a switchblade or automatic knife
  • You cannot conceal-carry a sword or sword-like weapon
  • You cannot conceal-carry a dirk, dagger, or stiletto
  • You cannot conceal-carry any knife with a blade longer than 5″

Be sure to check local laws, as further restrictions may apply.  Also, if you seek the proper license, these restrictions won’t apply to you.

Relevant Statutes

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