Under current law, gun owners in the state are not required to hold a permit to open carry, but a permit is required in order to conceal carry. Carrying a concealed weapon without proper permitting is a misdemeanor offense.
Senators questioned the necessity of the bill, saying that the permit process in place is not too cumbersome or expensive. Under current law, South Dakotans can obtain a concealed carry permit after passing a background check administered through their local sheriff’s office and paying a $10 fee.
“Nobody is trying to deny access,” Senate Minority Leader Troy Heinert, D-Mission, said during Tuesday’s debate. “Go through the process. Ten dollars. Ten minutes. Simple.”
LEAP Forward will continue to grade action on SB 47 and is scoring opposition.