South Dakota Becomes the Thirteenth Constitutional Carry State

NAGR Vice President Zach Lautenschlager stands proudly with Gov. Noem and multiple pro-gun state legislators as Constitutional Carry is officially signed into law.

January 31, 2019

At a bill signing ceremony today, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) officially made Constitutional Carry the law of the state come July 1. 

The National Association for Gun Rights and our state affiliate South Dakota Gun Owners were personally invited, and in attendance for the bill signing today.

NAGR Vice President Zach Lautenschlager represented both organizations at the signing.

After working tirelessly for multiple legislative sessions, only to see Constitutional Carry pass the legislature but then be vetoed by former Governors, today’s bill signing marked a historical moment for the grassroots efforts of NAGR and SDGO members.

“This is a joyous day for all law-abiding gun owners in South Dakota,” said NAGR President Dudley Brown.

“As a native born South Dakotan, I am thrilled that our grassroots activist’s hard work has finally paid off. It’s been my distinct pleasure to work alongside SDGO and NAGR members who’ve made countless phone calls, sent thousands of petitions, and made personal visits to the legislators in Pierre, respectfully demanding that they restore our right to keep and bear arms without being taxed in the process.”

Constitutional Carry is the simple concept that if you are legally allowed to purchase and possess a handgun for self-defense, then you should be able to carry that firearm, openly or concealed, without having to pay a permit tax.

Statistically, states which have passed Constitutional Carry into law have lower violent crime rates compared to states which force their residents and non-residents to pay expensive fees to exercise their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Promoting, drafting, and lobbying for the passage of this crucial pro-gun reform has been a flagship legislative priority for NAGR and SDGO.

Pro-gun activists were able to overcome the last minute push from outside gun control groups like Moms Demand Action as they clamored to kill the bill. 

“Even though we won a long, hard fought battle for our gun rights, we know that anti-gun activists will be back next year, attempting to pass any and all gun control.” said Brown.

NAGR and SDGO will continue being the dominant pro-gun voice in South Dakota by keeping honest gun owners involved in the legislative process.

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