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While gun owners in many states face a legislature hostile to their rights, pro-freedom lawmakers in South Dakota are pushing to protect gun owners’ rights in the Mount Rushmore State.

In the past week, lawmakers have passed two pro-gun bills—House Bill 1035 and Senate Bill 39—and the measures now go to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem for her consideration.

House Bill 1035, introduced by Rep. Kevin Jensen, extends the renewal period for those holding enhanced carry permits. The enhanced permit is an optional permit that allows approved permit holders the ability to present the permit to a retailer when purchasing a firearm, in lieu of undergoing a background check through NICS.

According to the bill’s language: “A person who holds an enhanced permit to carry a concealed pistol may renew the permit through the sheriff of the county in which the person resides. The period for renewal begins 12 months before the permit expires and ends 30 days after the permit expires.”

Previously, enhanced carry permit holders couldn’t begin the renewal process until 180 days before the permit’s expiration date.

Senate Bill 39, introduced by state Sen. Michael Rohl, would, if signed by the governor, place restrictions on homeowners’ associations (HOAs) regarding their regulation of firearms.

According to the measure’s language:A homeowner’s association may not include or enforce a provision in a governing document that prohibits, restricts or has the effect of prohibiting or restricting the lawful possession, transportation or storing a firearm, any part of a firearm, or firearm ammunition, or discharge of a firearm.”

Sen. Rohl says the bill would help residents who live under homeowner associations better protect themselves.

“A sign doesn’t keep out bad guys with guns,”  Sen. Rohl said. “We want good guys with guns.”

Both measures are likely to be signed by Gov. Noem, who is a strong Second Amendment supporter. In fact, at last year’s NRA Annual Meetings, Noem, who spoke at the convention, signed an executive order on stage blocking state agencies from contracting with large banks that discriminate against firearm-related industries.

“It’s not just the media and big government that are attacking our rights,” Noem said at the time. “Now we’ve seen banking institutions go after industries that they disagree with. None have been more impacted than those who support the Second Amendment. Well, not on my watch: I won’t stand for it—not in South Dakota.”

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    • RE: “A sign doesn’t keep out bad guys with guns,” Sen. Rohl said. “We want good guys with guns.”

      Always remind Gun Control zealots that signs do not stop bad guys and gals who criminally misuse firearms, bricks, bats, knives, fists, feet, vehicles, etc. Failure to do so gives Gun Control zealots an edge and an edge is all the sneaky ratbassturds need to win over one track useful idiots.

  1. It is a basic civil rights issue. We stand alongside Rosa Parks in our refusal to give up our rights.

    dacian and miner49er stand with fire hoses and attack dogs to stop our movement.

    • i saw a huge cinemax ad for a rosa parks documentary. you’ll never guess where they decided to post that bill…

      • “you’ll never guess where they decided to post that bill…”

        Uhm, where, on the back of a city bus?

        (That would be ironic as hell, you have to admit…)

    • “We stand alongside Rosa Parks …”

      “Standing alongside” is one thing. Are you ready to manufacture an act of civil disobedience, get yourself arrested, and stage photographs of your “disobedience” and arrest months later?

      • The ball sits idle is in the court of the biden regime. Does the old adage we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it answer your question?

        • Uh, no. No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t have anything to do with my question. Ever hear of a “non sequitur?”

    • The awesome thing about concertina wire is that it allows most wildlife to pass while stopping illegal invaders.

      Next step: let local militias acquire Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (the bad-asses that take out Russian tanks in Ukraine) to patrol with.

  2. Sweet. The HOAs of America all need a wakeup call, and I’m happy to see them getting it in South Dakota. No contract can be valid if it deprives you of any of your constitutional rights.

    • Oh hell yes! Last time my sister was looking for a new house, the HOAs that governed most of the ones available had infringements on the First, Second, and even the Fourth! One included a provision prohibiting religious displays (= no Nativity scenes), two had prohibitions against campaign signs, and one said owners had to allow police access to their property!

      The HOA people knew these wouldn’t stand up in court, but they figured most people would just not bother to fight for their rights.

      • Roymond,

        “The HOA people knew these wouldn’t stand up in court . . .”.

        Slow down, there, Kemosabe – have you been READING court decisions, lately?? That you are so certain the courts are sane is . . . let’ just call it an ‘unproven assumption’, to be kind.

        Are those restrictions unconstitutional? Oh, HELL to the yeah! Will they be struck down by the courts?? Depends on the court, and the case. I would like to believe they all would, but . . .

        I am looking for my “rest of my life” retirement property. I have a list of criteria I would like or not like, but I have ONE, absolute, hard and fast rule – if there’s an HOA, I walk away. I’ve dealt with HOAs most of my life (including professionally), and my conclusion is that the descendants of the Nazis who escaped Nuremberg are all members of HOA boards. Complete fascists (and, how predictable, in my experience, mostly Leftists), and don’t even acknowledge the concepts of private property or individual rights.

        People talk about “oh, it’s the public schools, and the ‘woke’ colleges'” or “it’s the lying, Leftist MSM” – both true, by the way – but your average HOA (particularly in big cities) is as close to pure fascism as you can find.

    • Yeah, Joe Biden probably hasn’t worn a hardhat much.

      But at least he knows the difference between Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi.

      “By the way, they never report the crowd on January 6,” Trump said in a rambling speech on Friday night. “You know Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, do you know they destroyed all of the information, all of the evidence—deleted and destroyed all of it because of lots of things. Like Nikki Haley was in charge of security, we offered her 10,000 people—soldiers, national guardsmen, whatever they want. They turned it down.”

      For other Republicans who may also have a memory deficit, Nikki Haley was not in political office on January 6, 2021.

      And even if Nikki Haley was speaker of the house of representatives, only the President has the authority to call out the military in the District of Columbia.

  3. This whole article seems odd to me. Living in the state of GA we already have all that without needing more legislation to cover it. Your permit is accepted in lieu of a background check. I think I’ve had one background check in 20 years to buy a gun, and that was because my permit had expired 3 days before. Though I would like to be able to renew up to a year in advance. We do have the 180 day before and 30 day after rule.

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