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.



  1. Emmett on 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 on January 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

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

      • Josh J on April 18, 2020 at 12:39 am

        Read some history. Tribes are souverign nations and are higher political entities than states.

      • Rebel Harjo on June 28, 2020 at 10:04 am

        Obviously you are uneducated and do not know that you can’t enforce state law within a federally recognized Indian jurisdiction. Hundreds of years of statutes and case law have already upheld tribal sovereignty over tribal lands. State law does not apply.

      • Ricky on November 20, 2021 at 12:37 pm

        You call it a right but seem to be all in support of regulating it. Not a right if you have to have permission. Think you’re a little eager to praise this law, and the people that wrote it!

      • Mike on December 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

        Steve, they aren’t subject to the state laws. They are legally a sovereign Nation, and make their own laws. It’s bad enough we forced them to live on small patches of land, we should not force them to also follow all of our laws

    • Ricky on November 20, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      You call it a right but seem to be all in support of regulating it. Not a right if you have to have permission. Think you’re a little eager to praise this law, and the people that wrote it!

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

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

    Reciprocity with any US states?

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

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

    • Brian on August 19, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      I confirmed that it did not pass. This article is incorrect. It was a proposed Amendment that died.

    • Trey on October 19, 2020 at 8:55 am

      I had a “talk”with Navajo P.D. I was open carrying after being assaulted by drunk locals. About five cops pulled up and attempted to try to convince me I couldn’t hold it. At this point I refused and referenced this. I think it was adopted or my white ass would have been taken away. The lead officer tried to misrepresent the law. But, simmered down when she realized I paid attention to the law.

      • bill on August 23, 2022 at 5:56 pm

        Hi there Trey.
        I am planning a trip and wonder if you have any updates or additional info to offer. Thanks

  4. Joseph Velasquez on 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 on 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!

    • darrell on November 27, 2020 at 8:36 am

      hello.. how n where do i apply for a ccw license ?

  6. Brock Landers on 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 on 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. Navajo Nate on April 30, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    So I can lawfully conceal carry my firearm on my Reservation? I am a Navajo tribe member and I have my CCW from Arizona. I was born and raised on the Navajo Nation and I know how bad it can be. I’d love to be able to defend myself and my family. I currently live in Phoenix.

  9. DAVID on August 4, 2020 at 4:08 am


  10. Brian on August 19, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Just an FYI, this was a proposed amendment that never passed (unfortunately). The Navajo Nation does not recognize any concealed weapon permits.

  11. H. Curley on 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.

    • Ricky on November 20, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      You state how you should be “granted” a “right”. The powers that be should be protecting your rights, not granting them. To fix this mess of corrupt government, we first must understand that our rights are not granted by them and that they are supposed to serve the people, not the other way around. What gets me off kilter even more is you presume you have rights but state you believe an 18 yo should not. How old were you when you went into the armed services? You trained and an actual, full auto, assault weapon when you went in right? Fire any machine guns, or rocket launchers like the LAW, or throw any grenades while going through training?
      You sign a contract stating you were ready to surrender you life to the afterlife and took the chance at being put in harms way with the potential of dying when you enlisted, for this I say thank you for your service, but lets not forget that if you are old enough to die for your country, you are certainly old enough to carry a gun or, much less even, a knife! Before you get indignant about my reply, I served also, twice. Through three wars! A right is a right!

  12. Robert G Dayzie on September 20, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Arizona state laws should be fully exceptible on the Navajo Reservation.

  13. Randall Jim on June 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Which tribal code covers the concealed carry?

  14. M. Sedita on October 16, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Thank You. I just purchased land and I need to travel on roads through Navaho land

  15. KC Connor on March 31, 2022 at 10:18 am

    THIS WAS NOT PASSED, as of March 31st, 2022.

    Current code is here:

    It’s a long PDF file, but page 616 of it contains Title 17, subsection 320 that is referenced above. Exemption 6 is not present in the current version.

  16. Maxwell Herzog on February 26, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    This legislation never survived committee and it expired before being passed as a resolution.


    I just got off the phone with the Navajo Council current law does not allow for the carrying of firearms in public.

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