South Dakota State House passes measure allowing permitless concealed carry
PIERRE, S.D. — On Tuesday, the South Dakota State House passed a measure that would allow gun owners to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
The bill passed by a vote of 47 to 23, and will now go to Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk for approval.
Noem voiced her support for permitless concealed carry, also called constitutional carry, during her campaign for governor. She now has five business days to sign or veto the bill.
Gun owners in South Dakota are currently allowed to open carry without a permit, but it’s considered a misdemeanor to carry a concealed gun without one.
Supporters of the bill say it sheds an unnecessary step for gun owners, while opponents argue that the process to obtain a concealed carry permit is a reasonable requirement.
Under current law, gun owners must pass a background check at the local sheriff’s office and pay a $10 fee.
The South Dakota Sheriff’s Association has opposed constitutional carry, citing concerns that it may open the door for potentially dangerous individuals who would normally fail the background check to conceal carry.
Gov. Kristi Noem announced in a press conference last week that she supported the bill, but wanted to review it more closely and consult with state law enforcement.