Today, the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1138. Sponsored by state Representative Thomas Brunner (R-29), HB 1138 would extend the length of time that a Concealed Pistol Permit (CCP) is valid. Currently, CCP holders must renew their license every four years, as well as pay the associated fees in order to do so. House Bill 1138 would allow CCP holders to renew their permit every five years, thereby lowering fees imposed on South Dakotans who wish to carry a firearm for self-defense. House Bill 1138 now moves to the Senate floor where it will await further consideration.
The Senate Judiciary Committee also unanimously passed House Bill 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. House Bill 1190 is scheduled to be voted on tomorrow by the full Senate, and your Senator needs to hear from you.
Please contact your state Senator and politely urge him or her to support House Bill 1138 and House Bill 1190 when they come up for a vote.