Well it looks like I’ll need to go and get my concealed carry permit renewed. I was looking forward to not having the hassle of stopping in and getting a new permit. But Governor Daugaard and his staff had other ideas once they chose to veto the legislation. The House failed by a substantial margin to override the Governor’s veto.
I supported HB 1248 simply because the current law only penalizes law abiding citizens. How many people who break the conceal carry law care what the law is? Why do we always expect those who are honorable to pay in order to have the right to carry.
I have had a concealed carry permit since I purchased my first handgun. I’ve never taken a pistol across state lines or concealed it in public.
What Daugaard’s veto symbolizes is one more way the honest member of society must pay for their rights. As a responsible member of society, I will now pony up the money to the state in order to exercise a right criminals take advantage of.