One of the Legislature’s worse ideas this Session, House Bill 1072, allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit, passed the Senate yesterday 23–11. HB 1072 passed one vote short in the Senate and ten short in the House of the two thirds necessary to override Governor Dennis Daugaard’s promised veto. The Governor vetoed a similar measure in 2012 (Rep. Betty Olson’s HB 1248) on conservative concerns that repealing the concealed weapons permit requirement could result in South Dakotans spending more time detained by cops.
Gun radicals like Senator Stace Nelson propagandistically label HB 1072 a “Constitutional Carry” bill. This term is uninformative, if not outright deceptive: the right to bear arms does not clearly include the right to sneak around with a pistol hidden in your pants. HB 1072 is properly labeled a “Permitless Concealed Carry” bill.
Alas, some in the media are falling for the gun-nut propaganda. SDPB runs the headline, “Constitutional Carry Passes The Senate, Heads To Governor’s Desk.” The USD Volante at least has the sense to put quote marks around the term: “House Bill 1072 Would Move S.D. to ‘Constitutional Carry’.”
Getting it right are most of our major media:
- KELO TV: “Senate Approves Bill To Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit.”
- KDLT TV: “Senate Approves Bill to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit.”
- KELO Radio: “Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governors [apostrophe!] Desk.”
- Watertown Public Opinion: “Governor Now Faces Decision on Repealing Concealed-Carry.”
- U.S. News & World Report: “Senate Approves Bill to Allow Concealed Carry Without Permit.”
- Breitbart (!!): “Permitless Carry Passes South Dakota Senate, Heads to Governor’s Desk.”
Related Reading: The Senate also voted 19–15 to approve HB 1156, which would allow enhanced concealed-carry permit holders to carry firearms in the Capitol. The Governor has promised to veto that fearful bill as well.