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The Senate judiciary committee passed a measure that would allow South Dakotans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. 

 

Senator Stace Nelson of Fulton voted in favor of the passage…

 

 

 

 

Senator Art Rusch of Vermillion, a former circuit judge, spoke against the passage.  He says the courts have held that the constitution does not guarantee the right to carry a concealed weapon…

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Lynn Disanto of Box Elder spoke in favor of the bill and says she sees it as a measure to help women….

 

 

 

 

The South Dakota Sheriff’s Association testified against the bill.  The measure passed along a 4-3 vote and will now go the senate floor.

 

Similar measures have been passed in prior years but were vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard.  Governor Kristi Noem has indicated support for the idea.

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