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South Dakota House to vote on allowing permitless carry

January 28, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A bill that would allow people to carry concealed hanguns without a permit is headed to the South Dakota House for a vote.

The House State Affairs Committee approved the bill 10-3 Monday. It has already passed the Senate and Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has said she supports permitless carry.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association testified Monday that they don’t oppose the idea but would prefer it apply only to South Dakota residents. A separate bill that includes that restriction hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Sen. Brock Greenfield, a Clark Republican, argued to the committee that his bill does away with a background check that duplicates one people have already done when they purchased a handgun.

Rep. Jamie Smith, a Sioux Falls Democrat who opposed the bill, says there’s been no need shown to change the law.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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