South Dakota Looks Probable to Finally Pass Constitutional Carry

New Governor Kristi Noem had it as part of her platform; both bills now presented

Published Sunday, January 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

In South Dakota, a path finally looks clear for Constitutional Carry to be passed by the full legislature, with a governor's signature on it. If it passes, it will no longer be unlawful in the state to travel carrying a loaded, concealed firearm. It appears at this time that the permitless carry law would apply to everyone, not just to state residents.

Bills just introduced in both the House and Senate remove all penalties for anyone who carries without a permit. Those bills are Senate Bill 38 and House Bill 1041.

According to a release from a gun rights group, the South Dakota Gun Owners Organization, the state would become the 13th to pass permitless carry.
It would join the 12 other states that did away with permits:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

New Governor Kristi Noem ran on a platform in 2018 that included Constitutional Carry as one of its key points — something that the people the Mount Rushmore State have waited for since at least 2012 when former Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed the bill that was then circulated to his desk. He did the same in 2017, and in 2018 his party didn't even bother, knowing the inevitable result.

This year South Dakota not only has a Governor supportive of the measure, but her party also controls both houses of the legislature.