South Dakota: Constitutional Carry Bill to Receive House Committee Hearing on Monday

February 7 2015
by GSL Staff
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The following is a legislative alert via the NRA-ILA.

Monday morning, at 7:45 A.M., the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on NRA-backed permitless carry legislation.

Authored by Representative Jim Stalzer (R-11), House Bill 1116 respects your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a concealed pistol permit, and is an important reform to South Dakota law. This necessary update allows law-abiding gun owners the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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 a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, one would need to possess a concealed pistol permit.

This permitless carry legislation gives South Dakotans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. However, 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.

If you’re a South Dakota resident you can click here to contact the members of the committee.

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