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South Dakota: Permitless Carry Legislation to Receive House Committee Hearing on Monday

Saturday, February 7, 2015

South Dakota: Permitless Carry Legislation to Receive House Committee Hearing on Monday

Monday morning, at 7:45 A.M., the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on NRA-backed permitless carry legislation. 

Authored by Representative Jim Stalzer (R-11), House Bill 1116 respects your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a concealed pistol permit, and is an important reform to South Dakota law.  This necessary update allows law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.  

In South Dakota, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, one would need to possess a concealed pistol permit. 

This permitless carry legislation gives South Dakotans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. However, this legislation would also keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that South Dakota has with other states.   

Using the contact information provided below, please contact members of the House State Affairs Committee and respectfully request they vote in support of HB 1116 when it comes before them Monday morning.

House State Affairs Committee:

Representative Brian Gosch (R-32), Chairman
Phone: 605-773-3851
Email

Representative Steve Westra (R-13), Vice Chairman
Phone: 605-773-3851 
Email

Representative Julie Bartling (D-21)
Phone: 605-773-3851 
Email

Representative Jim Bolin (R-16)
Phone: 605-773-3851
Email

Representative Don Haggar (R-10)
Phone: 605-773-3851 
Email

Representative Spencer Hawley (D-07)
Phone: 605-773-3851
Email

Representative Kris Langer (R-25)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative G. Mark Mickelson (R-13)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative Scott Munsterman (R-07)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative Roger Solum (R-05)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative Mike Stevens (R-18)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative Mike Verchio (R-30)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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Representative Dean Wink (R-29)
Phone: 605-773-3851
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