Daugaard weighs concealed carry bill

2012-03-02T10:45:00Z 2012-03-02T20:04:56Z Daugaard weighs concealed carry billDavid Montgomery Journal staff Rapid City Journal
March 02, 2012 10:45 am  • 

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has some concerns about a bill to let South Dakotans carry concealed weapons without a permit, but is leaning toward signing it.

The governor read that measure, HB 1248, Friday morning and plans to listen to past testimony about the bill before making his decision. He’s particularly interested in concerns raised by law enforcement agencies, saying he “generally (tries) to support law enforcement.”

But the governor also frequently says he’s an active supporter of gun rights, and that feeling may come out on top with HB 1248.

“I may not sign it, but I am inclined to do so,” Daugaard said.

Contact David Montgomery at 394-8329 or david.montgomery@rapidcityjournal.com


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  1. SportGunner
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    SportGunner - March 03, 2012 11:27 am
    There will be little change for law enforcement in the field and concerns are mostly without merit. Officers operate a constant risk-assessment loop. Officers won't suddenly become more able to detect concealed weapons, nor are citizens likely to disclose whether or not they are armed any more than they already do.

    Verifying that an armed citizen doesn't have a firearms disability may take some additional time. However, how many officers verify the validity of a permit now, or check to see if there has been a new firearms disability since issuance of the permit?

    For the public at large, nothing changes. They remain oblivious to lawfully and unlawfully armed citizens in their presence now.

    Look at the experience of AK, AZ, MT, WY, and VT.

    Sign the bill.
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    REGULARGUY - March 03, 2012 5:12 am
    Mr. Dauguaard, It was the people of SD that put you into office and not your "law enforcement guys". If they had their way only cops and bad guys would have guns. Just remember, from the beginning of the founding of this country "we the people" have carried guns for protection. Police officers are an after the fact response team and rarely are on scene when needed. I understand law enforcement's concerns, it is common sense that this law will have little bearing on the criminal element among us, they will have guns regardless of the law. This law conjures up thoughts of the old west when everybody carried a gun. I believe this law will have more positive impact by giving our citizens protection when they need it, not when the cops show up...often to late.
  3. SVinRC
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    SVinRC - March 02, 2012 5:34 pm
    I have a permit, have had it for almost a decade and went in for it on the day I turned 18. My husband doesn't have a permit and never has. We both are avid gun users and shoot for fun and we hunt as well. If either of us were pulled over the first thing we would do is let the officer know that we were carrying, concealed or otherwise. I think the Gov. should sign this bill for the law abiding South Dakotans like my husband, who love their guns and their freedoms.
  4. 23bb2010
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    23bb2010 - March 02, 2012 2:37 pm
    Think about it. People who are planning to do bad have nothing to do with permits or not because they will do it regardless. This is for the rest of us. It is proving we still have rights under the original intention of the constitution which should make people happy. We should not have to pay a fee to "bear arms" which this will eliminate so it is a good bill. What if you had to pay a fee to enter a church? There would be an uproar. Applies the same here, paying fees to exercise a right is backwards.
  5. BobJones
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    BobJones - March 02, 2012 12:23 pm
    Sign it and let's move on with our lives. If you want to talk about bad legislation, how about a discussion of ObamaCare?
  6. shunkaska
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    shunkaska - March 02, 2012 12:17 pm
    The "gangsters" are already caring concealed, not going thru NICS background. Bill are only for law abbiding anyway, why would it matter if the 99% that don't break laws can carry concealed...I have a permit,big deal..
  7. Ranger01
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    Ranger01 - March 02, 2012 11:33 am
    Go ahead and sign it so it will resolve the problem. Wait a minute; is there a problem? I haven't heard anyone argue that the current law is flawed. It's a non issue but if it makes a few people happy go ahead and sign it. I've seen much worse bills passed. Thank goodness session is about over.
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