Governor Signs Legislation Allowing Some Concealed Pistols In South Dakota Capitol

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Governor Kristi Noem announced Tuesday she has signed into law a measure that allows people with enhanced state permits to carry concealed pistols in the South Dakota Capitol.

Senator Jim Stalzer, a Sioux Falls Republican, was prime sponsor of SB 115. House Republican Leader Lee Qualm of Platte was lead House sponsor.

It was among 10 bills the governor said she signed into law Monday.

Under the law:

Concealed pistols won’t be allowed in key parts of the Capitol such as the Supreme Court chamber, the governor’s office and any other area that has controlled access in the future.

A person with an enhanced permit must contact the director of the state Highway Patrol at least 24 hours in advance of taking a concealed pistol into the Capitol.

The person must provide a range of dates, not exceeding 30 consecutive days, when she or he plans to carry the concealed pistol in the Capitol.

The Highway Patrol won’t be limited on the number of renewals for a person to carry.

The new law also clarifies that law enforcement personnel and retired law enforcement can carry in the Capitol if they meet a 2004 federal safety act.

The legislation passed 20-13 in the Senate and 44-19 in the House.

Earlier this year, Noem also signed legislation allowing most persons to carry a concealed weapon without a state permit in most places in South Dakota, other than bars, county courthouses and the Capitol.

Prime sponsor of SB 47 was Senator Brock Greenfield, a Clark Republican. The lead House sponsor was Qualm. Senators approved it 23-11, while the House vote was 47-23 in favor.

Noem held a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda and lawmakers from both chambers lined the stairs behind her. It was the first bill she signed as governor. Two years ago Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed a similar bill. 

Regarding 115, the governor’s office issued this statement:

“The state Capitol is already a safe place thanks to the dedicated men and women of our Highway Patrol,” said Noem. “With this law in place, law-abiding citizens with the proper permit will be able to carry in the Capitol, just like they can in so many other places.” 

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