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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Senate lawmakers approved bills Monday that would allow guns in the state Capitol and let people carry concealed handguns without a permit despite Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s threat to veto both proposals.
Daugaard’s opposition is a steep obstacle for lawmakers pushing the bills, neither of which received the two-thirds support required for a potential veto override.
The Senate voted 19-15 to send the Capitol carry bill to the governor’s desk. It would allow people who have an enhanced permit to bring concealed handguns into the Capitol if they register beforehand with security.
In 2016, 1,460 new enhanced permits were issued. Republican Sen. Jim Stalzer, the bill’s main Senate sponsor, said most active shooter situations occur in gun-free zones such as the state Capitol.
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The chamber also voted 23-11 to allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. Right now, it’s a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.
I like the proliferation of constitutional carry bills across the nation. These are good things regardless of whether they end up as laws.
The upshot is that it causes all parties, from senators and members of the house to the governor and law enforcement, to go public with their views.
Then gun rights activists know who to target in the next election. Here’s a note to politicians. We’re watching you. No, I’m not talking about the NRA, although they should be scoring each and every vote in cases like this. The “we” is us, the gun-owning voters. And we never forget.