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Amidst Daily Mass Shootings, SD Republicans Retry Ban on Red Flag Laws

With two gun rampages in California this week helping maintain the nation’s average of one and a half mass shootings each day this year, South Dakota’s mugwumps think it’s a good time to reintroduce legislation to prevent law enforcement from preventing more shootings.

House Bill 1131 would prevent the enforcement of extreme risk protection orders. Specifically, it would make it a Class 6 felony for any state or local official to require people to surrender their firearms or ammunition or to refrain from acquiring firearms or ammunition to “reduce the risk of physical harm” to themselves or others. Essentially, HB 1131, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Aylward (R-6/Harrisburg) and other radical right-wingers in his “Freedom Caucus” are trying to nullify any “red flag laws’ intended to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous, mentally ill individuals. There is no federal red flag law for HB 1131 to nullify—the gun legislation President Biden signed last summer only encourages states to pass such laws, and South Dakota has not done so.

Just like Representatives Phil Jensen and Carl Perry with their anti-vaccine/anti-mask absolutism (and Jensen and Perry are both co-sponsors of HB 1131), Representative Aylward is again demonstrating that the right-wing’s absolutist elevation of personal rights over civic obligation leads to danger and destruction. Aylward and his allies so sanctify guns that we can’t take the practical measure of denying guns to genuine madmen.

Aylward floated a similar gun-absolutism bill in 2021; that bill failed, even after House Judiciary added exceptions to allow enforcement of protection orders against stalkers, assaulters, domestic abusers, and other violent criminals. Aylward has included those exceptions in this year’s HB 1131. But HB 1131 still demonstrates the gun nuts’ contempt for human life and disregard of the clear and present danger of easily accessible guns evinced by the ongoing daily slaughter of Americans.

Related Reading: Aylward won’t, but you may read the latest evidence on gun policies and their apparent effect on violence here.


  1. O 2023-01-25 08:16

    Again, a law banning themselves from doing something that they were not going to do?

  2. Jake 2023-01-25 08:19

    The South Dakota GOP “Taliban” in high action!!!

  3. Donald Pay 2023-01-25 08:26

    It must be the day for dumb bills on Dakota Free Press. Do they still have Noem’s enhanced security measures clogging up the Capitol Building? Kind of dumb to prevent nutcase legislators from being killed in the Capitol Building while allowing other nutcases go out and buy weapons to mow people down in the streets of Pierre.

  4. larry kurtz 2023-01-25 08:53

    Laws that hold swatters harmless for siccing the cops on innocent people for spite, amusement or revenge make little sense.

  5. All Mammal 2023-01-25 11:02

    Sick little punks. Boy I’d like to slap them with one of the thousands of fish lying dead in Huron. You are just like dead fish, guy. Stinking, worthless, limp legislation is all you can come up with. You all need a massive fish slap. Clean up the river, you punks! Do something.

    Golly we don’t care to figure out what caused all the dead fish. But, oh! The town of Huron made a phone call and are awaiting a return phone call. Pitiful. Do your effing job! But no, let’s build a shooting range instead. Sorry. This is deplorable. And women and fish aren’t safe in SD. After living in ND, WY, TX and SD, it is apparent Mr. Kurtz is 100% correct. Sane people and women need to flee this rapey squalor. My sister is waiting in WA where they care about their fish. And smoke hella bud. Legally. Because the people there vote for their family’s best interest.

  6. P. Aitch 2023-01-25 11:04

    Statistics show that Sheriffs who originally opposed Colorado’s Red Flag law are now using it often.

    Of the 27 Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in Colorado 18 have Sheriffs who’ve resorted to using the Red Flag law to remove firearms from troublesome residents.

  7. Eve Fisher 2023-01-25 12:36

    This batch of legislators are certainly pouring out a whole lot of culture wars legislation. Do they have Tucker Carlson on speed-dial or something?

  8. e platypus onion 2023-01-25 12:36

    Sorta OT, but drinking tainted water for 30 days is as healthy as eating a single wild fish full of forever chemicals.

  9. Arlo Blundt 2023-01-25 15:58

    We need our weapons, both handguns and automatic rifles to fend off miscreants on the streets from Kadoka to Kaylor. We also needs hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition of all calibers. Hand grenades, rocket assisted grenades, flamethrowers, bazookas, and field artillery are necessary, in fact vital, to protect our homes and kin. Be free again in South Dakota!.

  10. Mark Anderson 2023-01-25 19:08

    It’s OK, sooner or later South Dakota will have constitutional sheriff’s, then everyone can relax. Until then, Aaron, Phil, and Carl will pray for you if you are preyed upon. After all, guns are our most important freedom, right? Amen, boys.

  11. grudznick 2023-01-25 19:11


  12. All Mammal 2023-01-26 09:59

    Mm, mmm, mm, m. Smh. Rapid City gots the shooting disease more rampant than Chicago. Maybe Chi-town and Swift-town should look into the energy we absorb from the Fermi Lab/Sanford Lab DUNE project we got going on betwixt us. You know, the synthesizing of dark matter. Aka nutron bombs. Like the one dropped on Yemen. I wonder if that one came from the Black Hills..? Maybe thats why we’ve gone mad, brandishing iron and giving each other up to The Almighty…?

    “Dead with gunshot wound(s)” gets old hearing every other day.

  13. P. Aitch 2023-01-26 18:25

    @grudnichts – IYKYK

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