Yesterday, February 23, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed House Bill 1190 by a 66-1 vote. Please contact your state Representative and thank him or her if they supported HB 1190. Sponsored by state Representative G. Mark Mickelson (R-13) and state Senator Arthur Rusch (R-17), HB 1190 would create a Gold Card concealed pistol permit, as well as upgrade South Dakota’s existing Enhanced permit. Although proper ATF approval is still needed, those who are approved for a Gold Card permit will meet the minimum ATF requirements for NICS background check exemption when purchasing a firearm.
The Gold Card permit will help streamline the process of purchasing a firearm, and will reduce hassle for law-abiding citizens seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Also, with the passage of HB 1190 and after proper ATF approval, holders of the Enhanced South Dakota concealed pistol permit will also meet the minimum ATF requirements for NICS background check exemption, similar to the proposed Gold Card permit.
HB 1190 now moves to the Senate where it will await a committee referral for further consideration. Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to support HB 1190 when it comes up for a vote.