HB 1248 would allow anyone with valid South Dakota driver?s license, and who is otherwise qualified, to carry a concealed firearm, without getting a permit. This bill is currently waiting for Governor to sign it into law. Law enforcement is opposed to this bill. Most of people who apply for the permit, do not want to carry a firearm for self-protection; they simply don?t want to run afoul with the law while doing something otherwise legal, putting on a long coat while carrying a pistol for example. I am not opposed to generally allowing people to carry a weapon, concealed or open carry. However, when you mix a volatile situation, with an inexperienced, untrained, unstable person, and a firearm, the results can be somewhat less than ideal. Leaving who can and can?t or shouldn?t carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise, in the hands of local law enforcement is the best option. If there is a volient situation they are the ones who will respond first.
If this is sign into law, I hope there an education blitz planned to make sure the people understand what is and isn?t legal.