(SD)-Gun Bills Go To Gov Despite Veto Threat
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State Senate has approved and sent to Governor Dennis Daugaard a pair of bills easing some rules on concealed handguns, but Daugaard has promised to veto both measures.
One allows individuals who can legally carry a concealed handgun in the state to do so without a permit while the other allows with individuals with enhanced carry permits to bring their guns into the Capitol building if they register beforehand with security.
It's currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.
Republican Sen. Brock Greenfield, the bill's main Senate sponsor, says he's trying to improve the process for law-abiding citizens.
Daugaard, also a Republican, says the bill isn't needed because South Dakota's gun laws are reasonable..pointing out that at t the end of February, there were 92,850 active regular and enhanced permits in the state.
GOP Sen. Jim Stalzer, the main Senate sponsor of the guns in the Capitol bill, says most active shooter situations occur in gun-free zones and that the current ban on guns is meaningless since there are no metal detectors or other security checks at the Capitol entrances to enforce it. Fellow Republican Arthur Rusch says he doesn't think the Capitol is the place for guns.
It would take a 2/3rds majority of both the House and Senate to override a veto and neither bill reached that level in the Senate. The permit bill came the closest, passing 23-11, while the margin on the Capitol bill was just 19-15.
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