Yesterday, February 20, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1229 by a 53-17 vote. HB 1229, introduced by state Representative Timothy Johns (R-31), would allow South Dakota state law to meet the requirements set forth in the federal NICS Improvement Amendments Act (NIAA) of 2007. The NRA has supported and helped pass similar legislation across the country. These legislative advancements have allowed nearly half of the states in the nation to receive federal certification of their NIAA compliance programs, which have improved firearm rights and restoration pathways for many in those states.
Specifically, HB 1229 would require the reporting of records pursuant to an order of involuntary commitment, of persons who have been acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity and persons determined to be incompetent to stand trial. In addition to the reporting requirement, this legislation provides an important channel for restoration of an individual’s right to possess a firearm through the court system.
Your NRA strongly supports this legislation and encourages you to thank your state Representative for their support of HB 1229. Contact information for your state Representative can be found here. This bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.