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Navajo Nation Council Makes Amendment for Concealed Carry.

The Navajo Nation has released an amendment on the 17th of October to Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code

regarding the carrying of concealed weapons on Navajo tribal lands.

The amendment makes carrying a concealed deadly weapon into any public or private place of business unlawful unless exempt.

The amendment document defines a deadly weapon as, “… any item that in the manner of its use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, including but not limited to:”

  1. Air guns
  2. Pellet guns
  3. Blow guns
  4. Explosive devices
  5. Bayonet
  6. Dagger
  7. Switchblade
  8. Bowie knife
  9. Slingshot
  10. Club
  11. Blackjack
  12. Chain
  13. Sword
  14. Spear
  15. Knuckles made of metal of hard substance
  16. Knives with blades 4 inches or longer
  17. Throwing stars
  18. Chain belts
  19. And firearms. Defined as “… any gun, revolver, pistol, rifle, shotgun, or other weapon that discharges a projectile by explosive force.”

The law allows for exceptions for who will be exempt from this law:

  1. Peace officers
  2. Transportation in vehicle where the weapon is located in a closed truck, luggage, or glove compartment.
  3. Any person on their property who is an owner, lessee, tenant, or licensee.
  4. Any one carrying or discharging a firearm as an integral part of any traditional Navajo religious practice ceremony or service.
  5. Hunters
  6. Persons lawfully authorized to carry a concealed firearm on or about their person by permit issued by such tribal, state or federal authority designated to issue a permit. The person must carry the license when required for evidence.

Previously, under the National Criminal Code, it was unlawful to carry a deadly weapon as a general crime. The amendment to Title 17 focuses more on the aspect of making the carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon a specific crime. Unless the person in question has a right to carry the weapon as already detailed.

What do you think of this amendment passed by the Navajo Nation Council? Leave us a comment below to let us know.


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9 Responses to Navajo Nation Council Makes Amendment for Concealed Carry.

  1. Emmett January 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    This is a great law. I think as an American citizen it’s our duty to honor native American tribes and they’re laws on there land. As a lawful gun carrier with CCW permits in AZ & UT I’m glad that they recognize us as law abiding citizens that mean no harm to them or anyone else.

    Thank you to this Navajo Tribe for allowing lawful permit holding Americans the opportunity to visit and enjoy your land while still allowing us to use our right of the 2nd ammendment.

    I only wish more reasonable minds would be in the American political positions to make laws. Our politicians are ruining America. They all take the same oath to DEFEND and UPHOLD the Constitution of the United States. If they take that oath than how can they continue to be allowed to dismantle our 2nd amendment rights?

    Thank you Navajo Nation. I hope to someday have the privilege and honor of meeting and visiting you and your land.

    • Steve January 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

      Arizona law should be fully applicable. Time to start making these tribes follow all State laws.!

  2. Craig April 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    Reciprocity with any US states?

  3. Rob June 22, 2019 at 6:52 am #

    It appears this revision was never officially adopted. Can anyone confirm that?

  4. Joseph Velasquez June 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm #

    Thank you Navajo Nation. A very courageous and honorable change to your amendment. God bless all of you and God bless America.

  5. Blaine August 16, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    This amendment was passed very quietly, I’m only just now seeing this in August of 2019! Almost an entire year! Two years ago I had my concealed carry confiscated by the Navajo Police for unlawful carrying even with my ccw license and they told me they was zero Reprocity, I did manage to get my firearm back with no issue and began the argument that we on the reservation need to be able to conceal carry seeing as how we can be quite literally be unreachable for emergency services. I’m so happy to know I’m finally allowed to carry my forearm legally in my lands!

  6. Brock Landers November 11, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    I can see the law affective for firearms but not for knives, NN should make the knife law for 18yrs and under.

  7. Whitney February 20, 2020 at 10:42 am #

    By any chance, do you know the process of how a bill gets passed on the Navajo Nation?

  8. H. Curley September 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

    I’m glad that this ccw (conceal carry weapon)has been passed by the Navajo Nation Council. The Navajo Nation is finally allowing changes like this. I have served my country honorably in the armed services. We as law abiding citizens
    of the United States of America and the Navajo Nation should be granted 2nd Amendment Rights.

    Any type of knife, fixed and folding greater than four and one-half inch should be illegal to anyone under 18 years old.

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