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South Dakota Gun Laws Provide Interesting Case Nationally

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 03:32 PM

South Dakota gun laws are some of the most relaxed in the country. Because of its mostly rural population and a long history of hunting and surviving off the land, the Mount Rushmore State has traditionally allowed more latitude to gun owners.

Despite that, it has low crime associated with guns, coming in 16th in the country in lowest number of gun deaths per capita in 2010, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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In 2013, Guns & Ammo ranked the states for their pro-gun stance, South Dakota was placed in the middle, ranking 27th. Fifty-six percent of all residents own guns, making it the fourth highest in the U.S.

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee heard and passed HB 1116 in February 2015. HB 1116 is an NRA-backed permitless carry legislation written by Rep. Jim Stalzer, reports the Institute for Legislative Action.

"House Bill 1116 respects your right to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a concealed pistol permit, and is an important reform to South Dakota law," reports the NRA-ILA.

This legislation, however will still maintain their permitting system in order so the individuals who attain a permit could take advantage of the reciprocity agreement South Dakota has with several other states.

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According to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website, a reciprocity agreement for concealed weapon permits has been established with the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Thirty-four states have Right to Carry such laws. On average, these states have lower violent crime rates compared to other states nationally.

In 2013, South Dakota was ranked 46th in population but had a ranking of 26th in violent crime when compared to the rest of the nation, according The Disaster Center, a website that compiles crime statistics nationwide.

However, rural areas usually report less crime than urban areas. Cities with 250,000 or more residents report more violent crime according to the U.S. Justice Department.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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