Concealed Carry Laws for South Dakota

South Dakota State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

South Dakota Gun Laws

South Dakota Gun Laws

Licensing/Registration
Rifles/Shotguns
Handguns
Permit to Purchase
No
No
Firearm Registration
No
No
Licensing of Owners
No
No
Permit to Carry
No
Yes
Legal Liabilities
Responsibility
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
No
Immunity from civil liability
No
Notable provisions of self-defense law in South Dakota
Yes

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in South Dakota

 ( South Dakota is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. Permitless carry will be legal as of July 1, 2019.) 

A Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol may be obtained from the Sheriff of the county which the applicant is a resident.

The local county sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a concealed pistol to qualified applicants. A temporary permit shall be issued within five days of the application. Concealed carry is not permitted at an elementary or secondary school, in a courthouse, or in any establishment that derives over half of its income from the sale of alcoholic beverages. For non-residents, South Dakota recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any other state.

Open carry is legal in South Dakota and does not require a concealed pistol permit. Firearms may be transported in vehicles if they are clearly visible.

Prior to issuing the permit, the sheriff shall execute a background investigation, including a criminal history check, of every applicant for the purposes of verify the qualifications of the applicant pursuant to the requirements. A background investigation is defined as a computer check of available on-line records. The permit is valid for 4 years.

The sheriff will issue a temporary permit within five days from the date of application. Within seven days after the temporary permit has been issued, the sheriff sends a copy of the application to the secretary of state who issues the official permit.

The applicant must complete a form called an Application for a Temporary Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol. The information required for the permit includes (SDCL 23-7-8): the applicant's complete name, address, occupation, place and date of birth, physical description, a statement that the applicant has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a felony or crime of violence, a sworn statement that the information on the application is true and correct, and the applicant's signature.

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Concealed Carry Permits In South Dakota Is Governed By A State Constitution

Concealed Carry Permits South Dakota SD

State constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are just a few states – like Arizona, Vermont, and Alaska – which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in South Dakota. 

Do you know the laws where you live in South Dakota, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.

You must know your State's Gun Laws!Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in South Dakota refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.

Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in South Dakota are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit.  (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit) 

Concealed Carry Permits In South Dakota Are Different From Other States

While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in South Dakota you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm. Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis. 

Concealed Carry Education

In order to obtain a Concealed Carry permit, most states require citizens to take a concealed carry education course in-person. Once they complete the entire course, they are eligible to purchase a permit/license. Typically, a course will consist of two sections: theory and hands-on training. Generally, most people would rather take the theory portion of the course on their own time, in the comfort of their own home. Thankfully, there are a few states that allow qualified applicants to take the theory portion online, and the following states happens to be one of these states. Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Virginia!

If you do decide to take a concealed carry course online, We recommend ConcealedCarry-Ed . This handgun education program is committed to delivering the most up-to-date material that is both accurate and meets the state’s education requirements. After passing the course, you can print out your certificate. This certificate is proof that you have taken and completed the online course. Some states will require you to take a field day after taking the course. In other words, you will still have to take the physical portion of the test.

Bring your certificate to your field day expert as proof that you have taken and completed the theory portion of the course. Once you complete all the requirements and passed all the exams, you should be able to apply for your permit/license.

There are three types of Concealed Carry In States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional  Carry

Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in South Dakota may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well. 

Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In South Dakota

While in South Dakota there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.Every State's Concealed Carry Law is different

In all states and in South Dakota the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws. 

 

Find out how to obtain a CCW - CHL  in every State by clicking here; concealed carry permits 

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