Sioux Falls shifts city rule to comply with new gun sale law

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A longstanding Sioux Falls ordinance requiring gun sales to be registered with city police is being rewritten to comply with a new law that says only state government has the right to regulate the possession, sale or purchase of firearms, the mayor’s office said.

The current ordinance requires pawnbrokers, gun dealers and secondhand vendors to report a firearm’s serial number to the Sioux Falls Police Department so officers can check LEADS — an online database — to make sure it isn’t stolen.

The new version written by Mayor Paul TenHaken’s office and being presented to the City Council Tuesday removes reference to guns and gun dealers altogether, and instead requires pawnbrokers and secondhand vendors to notify police of any items with serial numbers. All firearms produced since 1968 have serial numbers, the Argus Leader reported.

The changes follow the passage of House Bill 1056 over the winter that effectively bars municipal gun-related ordinances. That law takes effect in July.

T.J. Nelson, deputy chief of staff in TenHaken’s office, said via email that the proposed amendments intend to bring the ordinance in line with state law while allowing the city to keep stolen firearms out of Sioux Falls.

The author of the new law, Rep. Sue Peterson, could not be reached for comment Monday. The former president of Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association, Brandon Maddox, who worked on the legislation with Peterson, said private attorneys would review the ordinance to ensure it adheres to state law.

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