Are you thinking about getting a South Dakota concealed carry permit even though they have Constitutional Carry? You might as well because it won’t cost you a dime.
Starting July 1, 2022, when Senate Bill 212, goes into effect, there will be no fees for concealed carry permits. Last week, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed three pro-gun measures. One is SB 212 which eliminates all fees for concealed carry permits.
While South Dakota does have Constitutional Carry, getting a permit will give you reciprocity with other states. And now it is free so it is really a no-brainer. I really like the idea of eliminating the fees so that permit holders can get reciprocity benefits.
The counties that process the concealed carry permits will still get money for doing so, just not from the applicant. Each county will be reimbursed by the Secretary of State for each concealed carry permit they process.
The two other measures are below (from NRA-ILA):
Senate Bill 195 clarifies South Dakota’s current Stand your Ground law by establishing that the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, lies on the party seeking to overcome the immunity provided under this law. This measure clarifies the burden of proof and who bears the burden of proof in Stand your Ground self-defense cases.
House Bill 1162 updates the definition of “loaded firearm” under South Dakota law to designate that a firearm is considered loaded only if a round is chambered. This update provides easier methods of storing firearms in an “unloaded” manner, while still maintaining utility in self-defense situations when seconds matter.