The Committee on Education, at the request of the Board of Regents, has introduced House Bill 1086, to ban firearms on college campuses and their properties. In addition to banning firearms in vehicles, the bill would disarm lawful permit holders, including in their residences on campus. A hearing date in the House State Affairs Committee has not yet been scheduled.
House Bill 1261, introduced on Tuesday, January 22 by State Representative Thomas Brunner (R-29) and State Senator Dennis Schmidt (R-33), is competing legislation to HB 1086. HB 1261 would prevent universities from restricting the right to carry or posses a firearm on universities in South Dakota. Universities would not be allowed to expel, dismiss, or penalize any person who carries or possesses a firearm in accordance with state law. State Representative Larry Rhoden (R-29), Chairman State Representative Thomas Brunner (R-29) State Representative Joni Cutler (R-14)
HB 1261 is a much more common sense approach that will not penalize students who enjoy hunting and shooting in South Dakota. It also affirms these student’s right of personal protection.
HB 1261 has been assigned to the House State Affairs Committee. No hearing has been scheduled. Please contact the members of the Committee today and respectfully urge them to support HB1261 and to oppose HB1086.
House State Affairs Committee
State Representative Joel Dykstra (R-16), Vice-Chairman
State Representative Thomas Deadrick (R-21)
State Representative Bob Faehn (R-5)
State Representative Margaret Gillespie (D-16)
State Representative Dale Hargens (D-22)
State Representative Shantel Krebs (R-10)
State Representative Kathy Miles (D-15)
State Representative Garry Moore (D-18)
State Representative Tim Rave (R-25)
State Representative Charles Turbiville (R-31)
State Representative Larry Rhoden (R-29), Chairman
State Representative Thomas Brunner (R-29)
State Representative Joni Cutler (R-14)