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South Dakota: Permitless/Constitutional Carry Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

South Dakota: Permitless/Constitutional Carry Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1072 by a 23-11 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 forward in allowing South Dakotans to be better able to defend themselves and their loved ones without having to obtain a government issued permit.  HB 1072 now heads to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s desk where it will await his consideration.  Please contact Governor Daugaard and urge him to sign House Bill 1072 into law.

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) 773-3212 to contact Governor Daugaard and urge him to sign House Bill 1072 into law.

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