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South Dakota: Senate Committee to Consider Permitless Carry Bill on Thursday

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

South Dakota: Senate Committee to Consider Permitless Carry Bill on Thursday

On Thursday, January 17, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 47.  Please contact your state Senator as well as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 47.


Senate Bill 47 would remove 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 an individual prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in a bag, they 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, 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 contact your state Senator as well as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 47.

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