While president-elect Trump has promised to push for gun-friendly federal legislation like concealed carry reciprocity, some states are proceeding with their own carry laws at the close of 2016.
In South Dakota, lawmakers will be considering a permitless carry bill, often called “constitutional carry,” which if passed, will make the state the 13th to require no permit to carry a handgun for self defense, according to this story from breitbart.com.
The bill is being sponsored by state Rep. Lynne DiSanto (R-35th) who says permitless carry allows Americans to carry arms “the way the Constitution intended.”
According to this story from the Washington Times, DiSanto said her bill is about personal protection.
“I just hope this opens the door to people considering being gun owners and having the opportunity to protect themselves and their families as it was intended by the Constitution when it was written,” she said in the story.
Currently, it’s illegal in the state (though only a misdemeanor offense) to carry a concealed handgun or to have a concealed firearm in a vehicle without a permit.
The story says as of October 31, there were more than 95,000 active concealed carry permits in South Dakota.
The bill has a good chance, but Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard hasn’t commented on his feelings about the bill. In 2012, he vetoed a measure that would have allowed state residents over the age of 18 with a valid driver’s license to carry concealed without a permit.
A similar bill is being considered in Indiana, where Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas says he thinks he has the momentum to advance it through the state legislature when the session begins next year.
“To me it’s immoral and even it is criminal…to force an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right,” Lucas said in this story from guns.com.
The legislation was proposed last year when only four other states had similar laws, the story says. Indiana has a whopping 753,974 active carry permits issued as of October 1. In fact, the state has one of the highest rates of lawful concealed carry in the nation. That figure is up from 570,712 permits in circulation in 2015, the story says.
Indiana has a Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, 70-30 in the House, 41-9 in the Senate. And Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will replace Mike Pence in January, has an A rating from the NRA.