• Governor Vetoes Gun Carry Bills

    Qualm_2017As expected, Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) on Friday vetoed two bills related to gun rights in South Dakota.

    A key supporter of both bills, Republican State Representative Lee Qualm of Clark, seems cautiously optimistic that the State Legislature can cobble together enough votes to override the vetoes.

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    House Bill 1072, the so-called Constitutional Carry bill, would have allowed concealed carry of a gun without a permit.

    In his veto explanation, Daugaard wrote that he was unaware of a single instance in which a person who could lawfully posses a gun was denied a permit to carry a concealed pistol.

    “Our permit laws are effective in screening people who are not eligible to carry a concealed weapon.  Over the last three years, Minnehaha and Pennington Counties have turned down nearly 600 permit applicants who were disqualified due to mental illness or due to violent or drug-related crimes.” wrote Daugaard.

    Supporters argue that since the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, there is no need for permits for concealed carry.

    The Governor also vetoed House Bill 1156, which would have allowed concealed carry in the Capitol Building with an enhanced permit.

    “I am satisfied that our Highway Patrol is doing its job, and their important work would be made more difficult if others are allowed to carry weapons into the Capitol,” wrote Daugaard in his veto message.

    Representative Qualm, arguing for the need for the Capitol Carry bill, says.

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