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Gov. Kristi Noem to decide fate of concealed carry bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota is headed to Gov. Kristi Noem.

The House voted 47-23 Tuesday to send the legislation to the Republican governor. Noem has said she supports the “principle” of so-called constitutional carry.

Noem spokeswoman Kristin Wileman says the governor looks forward to reviewing the measure when it reaches her desk.

Right now, it’s a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says it repeals the permit requirement but doesn’t alter who can carry a concealed pistol.

The South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association opposes the bill, arguing current limitations under the permit process are reasonable.

AP-WF-01-30-19 1533GMT


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