State Rep. Drew Dennert has filed Constitutional Carry legislation (House Bill 1041) in South Dakota.
South Dakota Gun Owners (SDGO) reports:
Constitutional Carry legislation recognizes law-abiding citizens’ right to carry concealed firearms for self-defense, without obtaining a permit, but retains the concealed carry permitting system for out-of-state reciprocity.
Dennert’s bill has garnered the support of more than a dozen other legislators, along with that of SDGO and the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR).
Constitutional Carry passed both the Senate and House in 2017, and SDGO reports the policy “has been anticipated by gun owners throughout South Dakota since the election of Governor Noem, who pledged last year to sign the legislation into law if passed by both chambers again.”
“We have the promise of our Governor, strong support from both chambers, and widespread public support for Constitutional Carry,” Dennert said. “I expect it to pass this year with little opposition.”
by Teresa Mull