SD Joins Others in Sending ‘Constitutional Carry’ Bill Letting Families ‘Better Defend Themselves’ to Governor

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This week the state of South Dakota became the latest state to ensure residents of their gun rights as the state legislature passed the “constitutional carry” bill, sending it off to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem for a signature.

Passing with a vote of 47-23 vote in the State House, the new bill, Senate Bill 47, will allow residents to carry handguns without a permit, according to The Argus Leader.

Noem has shown support for the “constitutional carry,” but has said she looks to consider the bill’s language.

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Republican Rep. Lee Qualm, who is also the bill sponsor, said the bill is “simple,” as it repeals the permit requirement.

NRA spokesperson told The Hill the legislation would help families “better defend themselves.”

“We are pleased to see constitutional carry pass the state Senate and House of Representatives. Hopefully Gov. Noem will see the benefit in providing law-abiding South Dakotans with the ability to better defend themselves and their families.”

A majority of South Dakota residents support the state’s current concealed carry permit requirement, with Everytown for Gun Safety poll revealing 84 percent support among people “holding a concealed carry permit.”

South Dakota follows in other states’ paths seeking “constitutional carry”

Oklahoma was among the states that tried to pass the “constitutional carry” bill, however, it failed when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the legislation.

At the time, Fallin said she believed “law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves,” but “I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so,” as IJR Red reported.

If signed by the South Dakota governor, the state will join 14 others that have no permit requirement for residents.

Check out the state’s below that have no permit requirement:

As for South Dakota, the governor has five days, excluding the weekend, to sign the measure of “constitutional carry.”

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