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.