Constitutional carry is rejected by South Dakota's Governor.
South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed two concealed carry bills last week, one of which would have eliminated the need for a permit to carry concealed. This is also known as constitutional carry.
The move is unsurprising. Daugaard has long been opposed to House Bill 1072. He has cited the hours of training required for a permit as being inadequate as opposed to law enforcement training.
"As a longtime member of the NRA, I support the right to bear arms. South Dakota's current permit process is simple and straightforward, and permits can be obtained in a manner of minutes. It is paramount that our state protect the rights of our citizens while at the same time protecting the lives of our citizens," Daugaard said in a press release.
Dauggard additionally points to 600 rejected CPL applications for crimes or mental illness in the state's Pennington and Minnehaha counties as important reasons for keeping the permitting process.
The governor also rejected House Bill 1156, a bill that would have allowed enhanced permit carries to carry in the state capitol building.
House Bills 1072 and 1156 aren't completely dead yet. An override of the vetoes is possible when the South Dakota Legislative body meets on March 27.
As for now, the number of states with constitutional carry laws will remain at 12. New Hampshire was the latest state to adopt such a policy last month.
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