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South Dakota: Multiple Pro-Gun Measures Advance Through House and Senate

Thursday, February 24, 2022

South Dakota: Multiple Pro-Gun Measures Advance Through House and Senate

Yesterday, the South Dakota Legislature passed a handful of pro-gun measures that protect and strengthen our right to self-defense in the Mount Rushmore State.

House Bill 1162 updates the definition of “loaded firearm” under South Dakota law to designate that a firearm is considered loaded only if a round is chambered.  This update provides easier methods of storing firearms in an “unloaded” manner, while still maintaining utility in self-defense situations when seconds matter.  Unanimously passed out of the House.

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.  Passed out of the Senate on a 28 to 7 vote.

Senate Bill 212, as amended on the Senate Floor, reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits to $0.  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.  Passed out of the Senate by a 34 to 1 vote.

Please continue to stay-tuned to NRA-ILA Alerts for more information and updates as these measures progress in the legislature.

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