South Dakota Officially Becomes 13th Constitutional Carry State TODAY

Carrying a concealed firearm without a permit will be South Dakota law, according to the Governor

Published Thursday, January 31, 2019
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

As of July 1st this year, a new law allowing both South Dakota residents and visitors to carry concealed handguns called Constitutional Carry will go into effect. Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted yesterday that she will sign the bill today, which had passed the House and Senate within the past few weeks.

Tise is a massive win for conservatives who have long supported the plan, which needlessly languished under former Republican Gov. Daugaard. Gov. Noem was elected most notably for her stance on Constitutional Carry. 

The bill eliminates any burdensome ordinances and regulations for responsible gun owners and recognizes their Second Amendment rights, according to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. 

USCCA President Tim Schmidt is quoted in a recent statement saying, "Constitutional carry reforms that honor the intentions of our country's most important document are a signal of a movement that citizens of the United States want a return to the basic freedoms guaranteed to them, without government interference."

Of course, groups like Everytown for Gun Safety are disappointed with Noem's signage of the Constitutional Carry bill. 

"This is an embarrassment," said Shannon Hoime, the South Dakota chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "You would think the governor would take more than a day to consider why most South Dakotans — including law enforcement leaders and the wide majority of gun owners — oppose this. But you would be wrong."

A highly suspect poll from Everytown for Gun Safety claims that Eighty-four percent of South Dakota residents support the state requiring a concealed carry permit, while eighty-five percent of gun owners and 84 percent of permit holders said they support the concealed carry permit requirement, according to the poll. GRW openly declares "BS" on their numbers.