Four of the five sponsors of House Bill 1092, to extend immunity to off-road-vehicle rental outfits for owies their customers get, are also sponsoring House Bill 1094, to allow off-road vehicle riders to carry loaded firearms.
Representative Thomas Brunner’s (R-29/Nisland) HB 1094 is mislabeled as “An Act to repeal certain provisions regarding permits for concealed pistols.” The statutes HB 1094 would repeal do address concealed weapons permits, but only in granting an exception from the ban on carrying firearms on off-road vehicles (and motorcycles, and snowmobiles) to holders of concealed weapons permits. Since Governor Kristi Noem got rid of those permits last year and now lets all adults not in bars walk around with pistols hidden in their pants, that exception doesn’t cover folks who have let their superfluous permits lapse.
Apparently there is an urgent need for four-wheelers, snowmobilers, and dirt bikers to bounce along the trails with loaded weapons in their pants. So rather than craft language saying, “Look, you can ride snowmobile with your gun, but keep it in your pants,” Representative Brunner prefers that we repeal the restrictions completely and let everyone ride locked and loaded.
Quick draw from your Honda—that’s what South Dakota really needs!
The statutes HB 1094 would repeal do not mention bicycles. Electric bicycles are already exempt from the motorcycle gun ban, so I would assume that people-powered pedal machines (like the brew bikes in Sioux Falls and Brookings?) are already exempt and open to armed riding. So maybe Representative Brunner just wants the same opportunities for motorized sortsters as we pedal-pushers already enjoy (assuming any cyclist were interested in carrying that much useless weight around).
I won’t carry a gun casually or for show; I will only carry a gun if I intend to shoot something. But bills like Brunner’s tempt me sorely to strap on my old holster and a pistol, sling the old 12-gauge over my shoulder, and ride around town in broad daylight all day long, just to see how comfortable my fellow South Dakotans really are with recreational riders bouncing around with bang-bangs all the time.