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South Dakota Drivers License = Concealed Carry Permit

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  1. Haeder

    Haeder South Dakota

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    Looks like my drivers license is about to start doubling as a concealed carry permit.

    A couple days late on this one. SD legislature approved this one at the end of February. This bill hasn't been signed into law yet but I can't imagine our Governor vetoing this one. The gun folks would come unglued.

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    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/ca52425537d4426cadf7ddbb4724ec38/SD-XGR--Concealed-Carry/

    SD Legislature approves bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons without permit

    PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers have given their final approval to a measure that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit as long as they have a driver's license and otherwise meet state standards for carrying guns.

    The Senate voted 22-11 Tuesday to pass the bill, which was approved earlier by the House. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

    State law does not require permits to own guns, keep them in a home or business or carry them openly. However, the law currently requires that people have permits to carry concealed guns.

    Sen. Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center, said there's no reason to make South Dakotans get a concealed weapons permit as long as they have valid driver's licenses and would meet the requirements for getting a concealed weapons permit. People have a constitutional right to bear arms, he said.

    "I believe this simply restores some of the constitutional rights of the citizens of South Dakota, the law-abiding citizens," Rhoden said.

    Rhoden said some other states have passed similar laws.

    However, Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said he opposes the bill because there's no relationship between having a drivers' license and being qualified to carry a concealed handgun. Local sheriffs should continue to have the final say on whether people qualify to get concealed weapons permits, he said.

    Tieszen, a former Rapid City police chief, said the South Dakota Sheriffs Association and the South Dakota Police Chiefs Association opposed the bill. While officials in Pennington County issued more than 1,600 permits last year, they also denied 130 applications, he said.

    "Support your law enforcement agencies," Tieszen said.

    Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, said local law enforcement officials should control concealed weapons permits because they can check whether applicants are convicted felons, have a history of violence or have mental illnesses.

    Rhoden said constitutional rights trump any argument for leaving control with local law officials.

    "When in doubt, give us our rights," Rhoden said.

    Rhoden said residents going to states that honor South Dakota's concealed carry permit would still have to get one to take their guns to those states.
     
  2. Hoffman

    Hoffman Guess who's back? Hoffman's back

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    But...but...Kirk says our Second Amendment rights are being taken away?
     
  3. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
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    Only downside? Having to live in SD.

    :action-sm
     
  4. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    How long before Holder files a lawsuit against South Dakota?
     
  5. d0uche_n0zzle

    d0uche_n0zzle **Negative_Creep**

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    Hard to do when he's sitting in PYITAP.

    :clappy hands:
     
  6. Don the Radio Guy

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    Why not just make concealed carry fully legal? It has nothing to do with driving.
     
  7. Hate & Discontent

    Hate & Discontent Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?

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    I get the feeling Holder is going to go a lot of places..... prison isn't one of them.

    Sounds like a way to make sure they just have ID on them to be able to carry.
     
  8. Ballbuster1

    Ballbuster1 In The Danger Zone...
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    True but I guess they figure the license is a form of ID they have already verified.

    At least it's a step in the right direction instead of another gun grab.

    I might consider moving there when I retire if this passes.
     
  9. Don the Radio Guy

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    I'm sure that's the point, but again, why should it matter? "Shall not" is very specific speech in law.

    It's a step in the right direction, I think we can all agree on that.
     
  10. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Does South Dakota require handgun registration to purchase? If so, the ID may just be a way to verify ownership of the weapon on the person.
     
  11. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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  12. JoeyDVDZ

    JoeyDVDZ That's MR. MOJO, Motherfucker!

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    This is the likely answer. In any case, this is AWESOME news. Hopefully other states get on board. I am disgusted with the current trend in government, where every time you turn around, someone is telling you you can't do/have/be something, despite the fact that you're constitutionally guaranteed the right, "because it's for the greater good". News flash government: YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR ME.
     

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