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Gov. Kristi Noem signs ‘constitutional carry’ bill into law

January 31, 2019
Gov. Kristi Noem smiles after signing her first bill into law at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The measure allows people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota. (AP Photo/James Nord)
Gov. Kristi Noem smiles after signing her first bill into law at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The measure allows people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota. (AP Photo/James Nord)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a measure allowing people to carry concealed pistols without a permit in South Dakota.

The Republican governor on Thursday approved the measure, making it the first bill Noem has signed into law. Noem says it will further protect the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of South Dakota and the nation.

It’s a win for conservatives who have long pushed the proposal, which languished under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

It’s currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.

The South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association opposed the measure, contending current limitations under the permit process are reasonable.

The law will take effect July 1. South Dakota will join at least 13 states that allow the practice.

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