South Dakota recently became the latest state to allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit.
Until July 1 of this year, South Dakota was a “shall issue” state for concealed carry. That meant citizens of the state were required to have a license to carry a concealed weapon.
But now it’s legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
South Dakota is now the 14th state that doesn’t require a permit to carry a concealed weapon in the United States.
Some say South Dakota passed legislation designed to protect Second Amendment rights.
Reactions among the citizens of the state are mixed.
“I think our laws are pretty well in place the way they are now and were, and I think that we have the background checks done,” said Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges. “I don’t really agree with the law. I had no problem with the South Dakota residents having a concealed weapons permit, but they’ve opened it up to anybody.”
The law in South Dakota covers all weapons that can be concealed on a person and can be used for protection.
“Some people ask what it’s about, they’re not aware of it. Most of my costumers are knowledgeable firearms owners and don’t have questions,” said Bill Strawn, owner of F & S Guns.
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