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South Dakota: Two Pro-Gun Measures on the Move in the Senate

Monday, February 14, 2022

South Dakota: Two Pro-Gun Measures on the Move in the Senate

Tomorrow, at 3:00pm, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 195, legislation to clarify the burden of proof in Stand Your Ground cases.  On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs Committee will consider Senate Bill 212, legislation reducing the cost of concealed carry permits.  Please contact your state Senator and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 195 and Senate Bill 212.


Senate Bill 195 clarifies South Dakota’s current Stand your Ground law by establishing that the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, lies on the party seeking to overcome the immunity provided under this law.  This measure clarifies the burden of proof and who bears the burden of proof in Stand your Ground self-defense cases.

Senate Bill 212 reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits to $0.  SB 212 allows those who wish to use SD’s reciprocity agreements with other states do so without having to essentially pay a tax on their right to self-defense.

Again, please contact your State Senator and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 195 and Senate Bill 212.  Also, please join NRA-ILA for a Second Amendment day in the Capitol rotunda tomorrow starting at 10:00am.  Encourage your friends, family and fellow gun owners to do the same! 

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