South Dakota becomes 14th constitutional carry state, others seek to follow
By Chris Eger
Gov. Kristi Noem, a former member of Congress who voted in favor of national concealed carry reciprocity in 2017 and campaigned for her current office last year as being an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, backed up her talk by signing an important pro-gun bill this week. (Photo: Noem’s office)
As her first bill signed into law, Gov. Kristi Noem approved a measure that drops the licensing requirement for legal concealed carry in South Dakota.
Approved by wide margins in the Republican-controlled state legislature, SB 47 drops the requirement that those carrying concealed handguns in the state first get a permit.
“More than 230 years ago, the Founding Fathers of our country penned the Constitution that has since laid the framework for centuries of policies. They so firmly believed in the importance of the freedom to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution’s Second Amendment,” said Noem at a signing ceremony on Thursday. “This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of South Dakotans.”
While SB 47, which takes effect in July, scrubs the mandate to obtain a permit for those seeking to carry a concealed handgun in The Mount Rushmore State, it does not scrap the existing