Lawmakers have concealed carry permit in their sites

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN) - Several South Dakota lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that would in effect repeal the requirement for resident gun owners to have a state permit when carrying a concealed weapon.

Currently, only law enforcement officers are allowed to carry concealed without a permit.

See Senate Bill 38 - An Act to provide for the carrying of a concealed pistol without a permit

Twice, then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed similar bills. The first time was 2012 and again in 2017, citing current laws as appropriate to protect people. The Legislature didn’t have enough votes to override the vetoes.

Proponents of repealing concealed carry hope that new Gov. Kristi Noem will support them. While Noem said she strongly supports the Second Amendment, she reserves judgment on any legislation until she reviews it.

If the third time is the charm, it will not actually get rid of the concealed carry permit process. Permits would still be needed to carry in states that have a reciprocity agreement with South Dakota; and people from those states would still need a permit to carry in South Dakota.

The proposed law also has a new section that states no one is allowed to carry a concealed pistol in any “licensed on-sale malt beverage or alcoholic beverage establishment that derives over one-half of its total income from the sale of malt or alcoholic beverages.”

A related bill has been filed to allow active duty military, guard and reserve people to carry concealed weapons without permits.