CCW permit? We won’t need no stinkin’ permit! Last Friday a South Dakota senate committee approved a measure that moves The Mt. Rushmore State one step closer to constitutional carry. An earlier bill died in a House committee after committee members were allegedly threatened with smear campaigns if they didn’t support it. No such threats are associated with the current measure, though . . .
The bill, which now heads to the full senate, would allow all South Dakotans to carry concealed firearms without any permitting requirements as long as they have a driver’s license and are otherwise permitted to possess firearms. Several states recognize South Dakota’s currently-issued permits, and that system would stay in place for residents who wish to carry concealed in those reciprocity states.