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South Dakota: NRA-Backed Pro-Gun Bill Fails in Veto Session

Monday, March 27, 2017

South Dakota: NRA-Backed Pro-Gun Bill Fails in Veto Session

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.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.