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North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota have reached a deal to allow residents of one state to carry concealed weapons in the other, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced Wednesday morning.

The deal is effective immediately and allows the 4,080 North Dakotans with a Class 1 concealed weapon license to carry in Minnesota, while Minnesotans can do the same in North Dakota.

The deal bumps the number of states with reciprocity up to 39, including the neighboring states of Montana and South Dakota.

Stenehjem said it was a years-long effort.

"Minnesota required another state's laws to be substantially similar to its own," Stenehjem said in a prepared statement. 

However, in 2015 the Minnesota Legislature removed the word "substantially," allowing the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to approve reciprocity.

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Stenehjem clarified that Class 1 license-holders can carry in Minnesota, while Class 2 license-holders cannot. Class 1 concealed carry licenses allow reciprocity with more states, but also carry more stringent requirements.

More information about North Dakota concealed carry law is available at www.ag.nd.gov

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(Reach Andrew Sheeler at 701-250-8225 or andrew.sheeler@bismarcktribune.com.)

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