South Dakotans one step closer to carrying concealed handguns without a permit

by Lisa Kaczke
January 29, 2019

PIERRE — Legislation allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota, also called “Constitutional carry,” passed another hurdle on Monday morning.

The House State Affairs Committee gave Senate Bill 47 its blessing in a 10-3 vote after hearing 90 minutes of testimony about the measure. The bill now moves to the House floor for a vote. It has already passed in the Senate. Gov. Kristi Noem said she supports permit-less carry, but will consider the bill’s language before supporting it.

The South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association, as well as two sheriffs, testified on Monday that although they don’t oppose permit-less concealed carry, they would rather it apply to only South Dakota residents. House Bill 1112, which would limit permit-less concealed carry to South Dakota residents only, was introduced in the House on Friday and has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark, argued to the committee that his Senate bill removes a second background check by county Sheriff’s Offices during the permitting process that people already have done when they purchase the handgun. His bill would leave in place the 10 disqualifying factors to legally carry a concealed handgun, he said.

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