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South Dakota: Senate Advances Pair of Pro-Gun Measures

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

South Dakota: Senate Advances Pair of Pro-Gun Measures

This week, pro-gun measures, Senate Bill 195 and Senate Bill 212, were passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate State Affairs Committee, respectively.  The bills will soon be on the Senate Floor for a full vote.  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, as amended in committee, reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits.  SB 212 allows those who wish to use South Dakota’s reciprocity agreements with other states, to do so and not be heavily burdened by what is essentially 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.

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