South Dakota Allows Constitutional Carry, Mississippi Fights “Bump-stock” Ban

Thursday, January 31, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Bob Adelmann
Thursday, 31 January 2019

The day before signing South Dakota’s “constitutional carry” bill into law, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted:

Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow [Thursday] I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

This echoed the sentiments of the bill’s sponsor, Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield: “We’re simply trying to create a situation in which we recognize that the Second Amendment is paramount and will not be infringed.”

SB47 does much more than that. It adds to the momentum favoring constitutional carry (carrying concealed without first obtaining a permission slip from the government) that makes South Dakota the 14th state to recognize its citizens’ rights. It gives encouragement to other states, such as Texas, which are considering similar measures. It provides the foundation for other states, such as Mississippi, to nullify state cooperation with federal government officials enforcing unconstitutional rules (i.e., the ATF banning bump stocks).

Previously, it was legal to carry a firearm openly in South Dakota, but not concealed unless a permit was granted. Now a citizen is free to carry however he or she wishes. It places those citizens so choosing on the same playing field as criminals who also carry concealed but without regard to the previous law. As Greenfield expressed it, “Criminals … are already carrying concealed firearms without permits, with no regard to our laws.”

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