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Panel Defeats Bill To Give SD Gun Laws More Power

February 18, 2014, 12:47 PM

Panel Defeats Bill To Give SD Gun Laws More Power
PIERRE, SD -

A bill that would have given South Dakota state gun laws supremacy over those of federal and local governments has failed in a legislative panel.

The House Local Government Committee voted 8-4 to reject the measure.

The bill would have made it a felony for law enforcement officers to carry out federal or local firearms regulations that were more restrictive than state laws.

Supporters of the bill, including a representative from the National Association for Gun Rights, argue that the bill was necessary to preserve the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

Opponents say the bill is both unconstitutional and unenforceable. They say the state cannot place its laws above those of the federal government, and local cities and counties should have the right to pass their own policy.

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