Today, the House State Affairs Committee heard and passed House Bill 1072 on a 7-6 vote. Sponsored by Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35), HB 1072 would remove the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense. This important pro-self-defense legislation is a big step in allowing South Dakotans to be better able to defend themselves and their loved ones without having to obtain a government issued permit. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1072 when it comes up for full House consideration.
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, he or she would need to possess a CCHL. This legislation gives South Dakotans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. 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.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above or call (605) 773-3851 to contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1072.