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South Dakota: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

South Dakota: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem signed pro-gun bills that protect and strengthen the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

House Bill 1296as previously reported, ensures the law-abiding gun owners of South Dakota won't be disarmed during natural disasters or emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19.

Passed on the final day of the South Dakota legislative session, HB 1296 declares that no state agency, political subdivision, or any elected or appointed official or employee may prohibit, regulate, or curtail the otherwise lawful possession, carrying, sale, transportation, transfer, defensive use, or other lawful use of any firearm or ammunition.

The law also protects indoor and outdoor ranges and prohibits firearm confiscation, revocation or suspension of carry permits, the refusal to accept carry permit applications, mandated gun store closures, or a limitation on the number of firearms or ammunition purchases.

House Bill 98 extends the time that an individual with an enhanced carry permit may carry a concealed firearm in the State Capitol from 30 days to a calendar year.

House Bill 1094 allows individuals to carry a firearm without a permit on a motorcycle, snowmobile, or off-road vehicle.

Thank you to Governor Kristi Noem for signing these important pro-gun measures and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in South Dakota.  Also, thank you to pro-gun lawmakers who supported these bills, as well as NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who made their voices heard.

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