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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

S.D. Governor Vetoes “Permitless” Carry Measure

Despite passage by both the state House and Senate, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed legislation that would have deregulated concealed carry in the state, according to a report at Reuters.com. 

The House had passed the “permitless” carry measure by a 37-30 vote, and the Senate had approved it by an overwhelming 23-11 margin. 

In South Dakota, it is already legal to carry a firearm openly, as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.  However, under current law, if a firearm becomes covered by a coat or if a woman prefers to carry a firearm for self-protection in her purse, he or she would need to possess a CCHL. This legislation would have given South Dakotans the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes.  

The legislation would also have kept in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that South Dakota has with other states.