ATF certifies SD concealed carry permits as valid alternative to NICS background check
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced on Monday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has now certified South Dakota’s regular concealed carry permit as an alternative to a background check conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
“This is a big step forward in protecting the Second Amendment rights of South Dakotans. This clarification of the law will allow lawful firearms purchases without redundant and burdensome regulations on legal gun owners,” Ravnsborg said.
The ATF previously declared that South Dakota’s gold card concealed carry permit and enhanced concealed carry permit – issued on or after January 1, 2017 – qualify for the NICS exemption.
The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office requested that the regular concealed carry permit be valid as well. Regular concealed carry permits issued on or after July 1, 2018 qualify now as well.