The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee passed the current “permitless” or Constitutional carry bill, HB 1072. The next stop for the bill: the full Senate. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives on February 23. From volanteonline.com:
House Bill 1072 passed the state House of Representatives last Thursday by a vote of 37 to 30.
In South Dakota, no state permits are required to possess a gun. According to the South Dakota Firearm Laws, “A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his home, business, or property, or visibly carry it.”
A permit is currently required, however, to carry a firearm hidden by a coat or in a purse. Concealed carry permits can be obtained from the sheriff in the county a resident lives in.
Supporters of the bill say it’s a Constitutional right to carry a gun even if concealed, while those opposed believe it provides too much freedom and could pose a safety risk.
At the end of February, 2017, South Dakota has 92,850 active carry permits. From sunherald.com:
At the end of February, there were 92,850 active regular and enhanced permits in South Dakota, according to the Secretary of State’s office. In 2016, 1,460 new enhanced permits were issued.
South Dakota has a population of 868,799 in early 2017. Permit holders are about 10.7 percent of the total population, and over 25 percent of the number of people who voted in 2016.
Constitutional or “permitless” carry will likely pass the South Dakota Senate. The Senate has 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats. And now the bad news: Governor Dennis Daugaard has promised to veto the bill.
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