While the war on the Second Amendment has taken a more covert path in the sense that anti-gun activists are focusing on state-level initiatives that don’t get nearly as much attention, South Dakota could be a bright spot for those who support our Bill of Rights. New York is mulling applicants for gun permits present a social media and Google search history, New Jersey’s trash law on so-called high capacity magazines is about to go into full effect, and Detroit is about to mandate background checks for ammunition purchases. California already has that law on the books.
Vermont and Florida, both states with GOP governors, increased the age to purchase all firearms, including long guns, to 21. The anti-gun movement has clinched some wins, but South Dakota could be the next state to adopt a constitutional carry. Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem won the state’s gubernatorial race this year and said that concealed carry without permits could be on the table (via Fox News):
After years of unsuccessful attempts, supporters of legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota anticipate revived prospects once GOP Gov.-elect Kristi Noem takes office in January.
The legislation languished under retiring Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, but Noem in her campaign offered support for a so-called constitutional carry law. GOP state Sen.-elect Lynne DiSanto, who as a member of the state House of Representatives sponsored a permitless concealed carry bill that Daugaard vetoed, said such legislation is likely in the upcoming session and she's optimistic about its prospects.
"There are a lot of Republicans that are very excited to have a conservative governor," said DiSanto. "I think under a new governor it's very likely to pass
The 2019 session is scheduled to run Jan. 8 to March 29. Republicans will control both houses of the Legislature as well as the governorship.
Fingers crossed, folks. At the same time, we’re going to have to deal with a lot of left wing nonsense from the Democratic House in January. And yes, anti-gun shenanigans will be on their list of action items.