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:”
- Air guns
- Pellet guns
- Blow guns
- Explosive devices
- Bowie knife
- Knuckles made of metal of hard substance
- Knives with blades 4 inches or longer
- Throwing stars
- Chain belts
- 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:
- Peace officers
- Transportation in vehicle where the weapon is located in a closed truck, luggage, or glove compartment.
- Any person on their property who is an owner, lessee, tenant, or licensee.
- Any one carrying or discharging a firearm as an integral part of any traditional Navajo religious practice ceremony or service.
- 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.
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