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HB 1094: Take Your Guns Four-Wheeling, Snowmobiling, Motorcycling

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.

Terminator shotgun motorcycle
This is what HB 1094 is all about.

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.


  1. o 2020-01-28 15:24

    Either A) the legislators need to be introduced to Candy Crush or B) decide they can start work on the final budget early. This span of filling time with new bills finding places to insert guns and government intrusion is getting absurd.

  2. grudznick 2020-01-28 19:25

    Who among you does not like Arnold? This is a legislative slam dunk.

  3. Porter Lansing 2020-01-28 19:41

    Seriously. No wonder they get paid next to nothing and work less than they should. Even grudz is bored without Stace to make fun of. Work harder, grudz. Give away some booze or something.
    ~ How about some things worthwhile? A bill that bans non disclosure contracts and a bill that bans mandatory mediation? Do something for the workers. Make the wrong side of history, history.

  4. Porter Lansing 2020-01-28 19:50

    While the leg is at it, ban no compete clauses, too. Get the wheels turning!!

  5. grudznick 2020-01-28 20:14

    Mr. Lansing, you misunderstand grudznick. I work hard all the time, and accept free booze most anywhere it is offered. grudznick does not recall when last free booze was offered and declined.

  6. Debbo 2020-01-28 20:40

    Still not touching the state’s real needs relating to the economy, infrastructure, flooding, farm crisis, health care, hunger. But the SDGOP is rated A-1 at pandering, F at improving the lives of constituents.

  7. JW 2020-01-29 10:15

    This affects the ban on loaded and uncased firearms on ORV’s ATV’s motorcycle’s etc while hunting. Just what we need is more, ammo sexual nimrods locked and loaded and prepared to blast away and anything that moves on rural back roads and the forest of the Black Hills. This crap needs to go away.

  8. Debbo 2020-01-30 00:51

    Notice the SDGOP trend in their bills? More and more breaks for white males’ favorite things. More and more restrictions and control over everyone else.

    Maria Villaseñor on SNL had some thoughts on these overbearing white males and she’s very funny.

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