South Dakota governor Kristi Noem (R) just signed Senate Bill 47 in her state which eliminates South Dakota’s requirement that residents possess a concealed carry permit in order to carry a handgun concealed. They have gone to constitutional carry on firearms just the way it should be via the Constitution.
The new law will take effect on July 1, 2019. The bill passed the state Senate by a vote of 23 to 11 and the state House by a vote of 47 to 23. South Dakota is now the 14th state to remove permit requirements for concealed carry. Twenty-eight other states and the District of Columbia have a “shall-issue” system, in which those who pass background checks and meet other requirements must be given permits to carry. The final eight states have a “may-issue” system where those who pass the checks and meet the stated requirements can still be denied permits by government officials.
Per The Washington Free Beacon, “the bill, SB47, eliminates the state’s requirement that residents obtain a permit in order to legally carry a firearm. Instead, so long as a resident is legally allowed to possess a firearm, they are legally allowed to carry it concealed on their person.”
“NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox commented on the elimination of South Dakota’s permit requirement, saying, “This law is a common-sense measure that allows law-abiding South Dakotans to exercise their fundamental right to self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”
“Noem’s actions mean South Dakota joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Vermont, making a total of 14 states that allow concealed carry without a permit.
“The total number of permitless carry states could rise to at least 17, as Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa are all witnessing efforts to repeal the carry permit requirement in their states during current legislative sessions.”
This is the first bill Noem has signed into law. Noem says it will further protect the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of South Dakota and the nation. This is a win for conservatives who have long pushed the proposal, which languished under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Noem stated regarding the bill:
“Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution,” she tweeted. “This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.”
Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow, I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) January 30, 2019
Anti-constitutionalists such as Everytown for Gun Safety described the law as “dangerous” and warned of it having “devastating effects.” They urged their members to contact their lawmakers in opposition to it. I would do the exact opposite and tell Everytown for Gun Safety to get stuffed.
Right now in South Dakota, it is currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit. The South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association opposed the measure, contending current limitations under the permit process are reasonable. I would say that the Sheriffs’ Association needs a good cleaning out over constitutional rights.
Someone might want to tell the Sheriff’s Association that bad guys aren’t going to get permits anyway. How does keeping guns out of legal citizens’ hands help anything? That’s just nuts. It is our right via the Constitution to bear arms and protect ourselves… not be hapless victims relying on others to protect us that uniformly show up too late.