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Permitless concealed gun carry to become law

Governor Kristi Noem is set to sign into law a bill allowing anyone legally able to own a gun to carry a concealed firearm.

Today at noon, Noem will hold her first bill-signing ceremony as South Dakota’s governor. She will sign into law Senate Bill 47, referred to as the ‘constitutional carry’ or ‘permitless carry’ bill. The law will go into effect July 1.

The ceremony will be held in the Capitol rotunda. The state senate voted late Jan. 30 that guns are still not allowed in the Capitol building. That bill - Senate Bill 50 - was killed when the full Senate voted 10-22 (three excused) against it. If passed, SB 50 would have kept the prohibition on firearms in county courthouses.

At first, permitless concealed carry SB 47 barely got started on its way to becoming law. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed it on with a 4-3 vote. The full Senate voted 23-11 for it. The House State Affairs Committee voted 10-3. Finally, the full House passed it 47-23.

"Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution," Noem wrote in a tweet. The bill does not address the right to bear arms, only the legal right in this state to carry a concealed firearm without a $10, five-year, background-checked general permit.

Until July 1, carrying a concealed firearm without a permit remains a misdemeanor. Owning and openly carrying a firearm is legal for law-abiding citizens. According to the Secretary of State's office, there were about 107,000 concealed carry permits in the state at the end of last November.

Vote Totals

Senate vote - 23 for, 11 against

House vote - 47 for 23 against