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South Dakota: House Committee to Hear “Shall Sign” Legislation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

South Dakota: House Committee to Hear “Shall Sign” Legislation

Tomorrow, February 18, the South Dakota House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 1205.  Authored by state Representative Jim Stalzer (R-11), HB 1205 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act ("NFA"), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.

Under current law, a CLEO may refuse to sign off for any reason, including their own personal feelings toward NFA-related items, which has created issues for law-abiding citizens.  By removing any possibility of personal bias, which may reside behind many CLEO's refusing to sign off, and creating a statewide standard, HB 1205 protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners across the Mount Rushmore State.

It is critical that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully ask them to support HB 1205. You can reach members by phone at 605-773-3851.

House Judiciary Committee:

Representative Mark Mickelson (R-13), Chairman
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Representative Mike Stevens (R-18), Vice Chairman
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Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35)
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Representative Peggy Gibson (D-22)
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Representative Steven Haugaard (R-10)
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Representative Roger Hunt (R-25)
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Representative Timothy Johns (R-31)
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Representative Kevin Killer (D-27)
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Representative Kris Langer (R-25)
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Representative Isaac Latterell (R-6)
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Representative Kent Peterson (R-19)
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Representative Lance Russell (R-30)
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Representative Steve Westra (R-13)
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