The South Dakota House has passed a bill to allow people who have a South Dakota enhanced concealed carry permit to carry in the Capitol building. Here’s the actual wording of HB 1156 :
(4) The possession of a concealed pistol in the state capitol, other than in the chambers of the Supreme Court, by a person who was issued an enhanced permit pursuant to § 23-7-53 and who has registered, at least twenty-four hours in advance, with capitol security. The registration is valid for the length of time indicated by the permit holder, not to exceed thirty days, at which time the permit holder may submit a new registration. No fee may be charged for registering to carry;
(5) The possession of a concealed pistol in the state capitol by a qualified law enforcement officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, 18 U.S.C. § 926B and § 926C;
Notice that no fee may be charged for the registration at the Capitol. It’s not clear if the registration with Capitol security has to be done in person at the capitol. The law excludes ordinary tourists — who don’t know the law or haven’t thought ahead — from carrying in the Capitol.
The big advantage of this bill: it helps cement the cultural normalization of carrying weapons for self defense in the Mount Rushmore State. By becoming reasonably inclusive about carry in the People’s House, it reinforces the idea expressed in the South Dakota Seal: Under God The People Rule.
Watch this space to see how the bill progresses.
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