HB 1116 would have allowed law-abiding South Dakotans to carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a concealed pistol permit, granting gun owners better ability to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm. HB 1096 would have switched the state background check system to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for concealed pistol permit applications, allowing the state to apply for NICS exemption from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). If certified by the BATFE, this exemption would have allowed the initial background check done for a South Dakota concealed pistol permit to serve as a background check for all future firearm purchases, eliminating the duplicative process.
It’s very unfortunate that anti-gun legislators on the Senate Judiciary Committee ignored the rights of gun owners in South Dakota and voted against these common sense reforms. However, NRA thanks you for you active involvement and support for these bills as they have progressed through the legislative process. NRA also thanks Senator Jeff Monroe (R-24), who was the only state Senator today to stand up for your rights in Committee and vote in support of HB 1116 and HB 1096.
Please contact Senator Monroe and thank him for his active support of your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.