In another error, Governor Kristi Noem this morning signed Senate Bill 115, a measure approved by Legislative cowards who think they need to carry guns in the Capitol to scare off the bogeymen of their own insecurities.
Governor Noem admits that allowing 4,800 special permit holders to carry guns in The People’s House is entirely unnecessary, because, “The State Capitol is already a safe place thanks to the dedicated men and women of our Highway Patrol.” She then commits the error of suggesting that letting civilians carry guns in the Capitol is fine, because the Capitol is no place special:
With this law in place, law-abiding citizens with the proper permit will be able to carry in the Capitol, just like they can in so many other places [Gov. Kristi Noem, press release, 2019.03.19].
The South Dakota State Capitol is not just like any other place where we let people tote their peashooters in their pants. The South Dakota State Capitol is our sacred temple of the rule of law. It house all three branches of our government. It stands as a monument to our ability to resolve our differences through reason rather than force. Carrying guns in that building is not simply unnecessary; carrying guns in the Capitol expresses a lack of faith in, if not outright contempt for, our greatest public institutions.
p.s.: Curiously, SB 115 only authorizes the carrying of concealed pistols by enhance-permit holders. I assume this means that if any of those carriers display or brandish their weapons in the Capitol, they will face prosecution for a Class 1 misdemeanor. Alas—if I were to take advantage of this law, I would only carry my pistol into the Capitol openly.