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Published April 02, 2013, 08:48 PM

As one Moorhead woman found out, every state has different gun laws

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It sounds simple in theory - you purchase a gun, get a carry and conceal permit and then you can travel across the nation with your gun - or not.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It sounds simple in theory - you purchase a gun, get a carry and conceal permit and then you can travel across the nation with your gun - or not.

As one Moorhead woman found out, every state has different gun handling laws and regulations can be confusing.

Jere Hilland - Concealed Permit Instructor: "Having a drivers license enables you to drive in all 50 states."

But having a permit to carry a gun is anything but black and white.

Jere Hilland: "The laws are completely different when you go state to state."

You purchased your gun, but how do you go about getting a permit?

Jere Hilland: "You need to take a class. Some states require that you take a written test, some states require that you take a shooting test, some states require that you only take a course."

The length of your permit course can even differ. Some are as short as 3 hours, others as lengthy as 3 days.

Now where can you keep your gun? Even that differs among states. In North Dakota your gun has to be out of sight.

Jere Hilland: "It can be in the console of your vehicle, in the glove box of your motor home. It can be in your briefcase. It cannot be sitting out on the seat."

Minnesota however, is the land of the free. You can have the gun exposed. Different states, different rules.

Say you live in Fargo and are busy running errands. Those errands lead you across the Red River into Moorhead – you’ve just broken a law and you may not even know it. Minnesota and North Dakota have very different carry and conceal laws. In fact In Minnesota traveling with a hand gun is called the Permit to Carry. Are you confused yet by all of this?

Basically, you need a state issued gun permit for every state border you cross. The only exception is if the states you're traveling through have reciprocity - meaning they recognize your permit as legal.

For more information about North Dakota laws, log on to the Attorney Generals Website. If you're curious about Minnesota, contact the Department of Public Safety.

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