South Dakota has become the 15th state that allows people to carry concealed without a permit in all or virtually all the state. There are 14 states where no permit is required and Montana where a permit isn’t required in 99.4% of the state. As of 2018, over 17% of the adults in South Dakota had a concealed handgun permit. Eliminating the permitting requirement should increase the percent of the population that legally carries concealed even further.
Current law in South Dakota does not require gun owners to have a permit in order to open carry, but does for concealed carry. Senate Bill 47 eliminates the requirement of a concealed carry permit, though South Dakotans can still opt to get a permit if they wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states. Now that it has been signed into law, SB 47 takes effect July 1.
“Those in the state that carry a weapon for self-defense will no longer have to worry about how they choose to do so,” Noem said following the bill-signing ceremony. . . .