Unfortunately, anti-gun members of the South Dakota House of Representatives dismissed NRA-backed House Bill 1072 during today’s veto override session. HB 1072 did not meet the required two-thirds majority vote in the House, sustaining the Governor’s Veto.
Sponsored by Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35), HB 1072 would have removed the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense. 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 would have given 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 have also kept 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.
It’s unfortunate that anti-gun members of the South Dakota House of Representatives ignored the rights of gun owners in South Dakota and voted against HB 1072. However, NRA-ILA thanks you for your active involvement and support for these bills as they have progressed through the legislative process. NRA-ILA would like to thank all the legislators who supported HB 1072, with special thanks going to Representative DiSanto, who was the original sponsor for HB 1072.