South Dakota: Constitutional Carry Legislation Passes Committee, Heads to Vote

South Dakota: Constitutional Carry Legislation Passes Committee, Heads to Vote
Recently the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee heard and passed HB 1116, NRA-backed permitless carry legislation, by a 7-5 vote.

HB 1116 is expected to be considered as early as tomorrow by the full House of Representatives.

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.
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