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February 15, 2018 05:08 PM

SD Lawmakers Considering Weakening Gun Control Laws

Pierre, SD

While many are expressing frustrations with Congress over its lack of action on gun laws following all of these mass shootings, others point to weakening state laws on guns as a big part of the problem.


Currently, Representatives in Pierre have passed House Bill 1271 and its on its way to the Senate for approval.

The NRA calls it "self-defense legislation." It would let someone to carry a gun on the property of any private school or church. Currently carrying a gun on any school property is a misdemeanor.  Under House Bill 1271 the law would only apply to public schools. 


 Another Senate Bill on its way for a vote would do away with the permitting process in the state and allow any law-abiding citizen to carry a weapon without having to get a concealed carry permit.

Lawmakers are also considering making it legal for a motorcyclist to carry a gun without a concealed weapons permit.  


According to Giffords Law Center, South Dakota gets an "F" for the state's gun laws. 

The organization to prevent gun violence started by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in mass shooting in a grocery store parking lot.

The Center cites a 2015 law that created an enhanced concealed carry permit in the state. 

Giffords Law Center says South Dakota could improve its score by requiring background checks on private gun sales, impose a waiting period on purchases and requiring gun dealers to have a state license.

Review the 2016 report card from the center.

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