South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to Sign Permitless Carry Law

Noem's announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 30, came less than 24 hours after the House passed Senate Bill 47 by a 47-23 vote on Tuesday. It passed the Senate last week by a 23-11 vote. The governor's office later announced via news release that Noem will host SB 47's signing ceremony — the first bill-signing ceremony of the 2019 legislative session and of Noem's tenure as governor — at 12 p.m. Central Time Thursday.

Noem previously said she supports permitless concealed carry, or "constitutional carry," but that she had to review the legislation and discuss it with law enforcement before making her decision. Both the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association and the State’s Attorneys Association oppose the bill.

Noem's announcement drew mixed reactions on social media. Some lauded her decision, saying it upholds constitutional rights. Others said the majority of South Dakotans support concealed carry permits and background checks, citing a poll released by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

LEAP Forward has graded all action on SB 47 and scored opposition.