Permitless Carry Passes South Dakota Senate, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Damon Thueson shows a holster at a gun concealed carry permit class put on by 'USA Firearms Training' on December 19, 2015 in Provo, Utah. Demand for concealed carry permits have spiked in the last several weeks with the terrorists attacks in Paris and the United States. (Photo by George …
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The South Dakota Senate passed legislation to abolish the requirement for a concealed carry permit in the state and the bill now goes to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s (R) desk.

SDPB radio reports that the Senate on Monday passed the bill–HB 1072–by a vote of 23 to 11.

HB 1072 was brought to a vote by Senator Brock Greenfield (R-2) who argued that the Second Amendment rights of South Dakota residents had basically been taken away by the state and were only given back to residents if they agreed to acquire a carry permit.  He said HB 1072 “streamlines the situation. It doesn’t require somebody to lease back their guaranteed second amendment right, so long as they’re not subject to any disqualifiers.”

Breitbart News reported that the South Dakota House passe HB 1072 on February 24. If Daugaard signs it South Dakota will become the 14th state to recognize permitless carry.

Dangaard has signaled he will not support changes to South Dakota’s concealed carry laws. SDPB reports that “lawmakers would need one more vote in the Senate and another 10 in the House to override a veto.”

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) signed legislation abolishing a concealed carry permit requirement in his state in February.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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