Pfeifle has SD Supreme Court support in Custer County Courthouse order
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Presiding Seventh Circuit Judge Craig Pfeifle signed an order on Thursday affirming the move of all Custer County court proceedings to Pennington County. The decision comes with the backing of the South Dakota State Supreme Court.
In November, the Custer County Commission adopted Ordinance 2020-18, which would allow firearms to be carried into the Custer County Courthouse. Legal gun owners would be allowed to carry in the building itself, but not in courtrooms or other offices. South Dakota’s Constitutional Carry Law was passed back in 2019, allowing registered owners to carry without a permit.
In response, Judge Pfeifle proposed an order that would allow all judges to hold proceedings in Pennington County, citing the risk for safety concerns. The order would allow court proceedings to be held either virtually or at the Pennington County Courthouse. The cost of additional transportation and security has not been estimated at this time.