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You Don’t Need Government Permission to Bear Arms
Last month, South Dakota senators Russell, Nelson, and Tapio and state Reps. DiSanto, Campbell, Dennert, Frye-Mueller, Lana Greenfield, Kaiser, and Marty introduced legislation to turn South Dakota into the fifteenth Constitutional Carry state.
That bill is Senate Bill 104.
S.B. 104 is a right-down-the-middle straight Constitutional Carry bill. As such, it represents the most important step this state could take toward the principle that no American should be required to seek the government's permission in order to exercise his Second Amendment right to protect himself, his family, his friends, our country, and our Constitution.
Experience in recent years has shown that we probably have the votes to send S.B. 104 to Governor Dennis Daugaard's desk, although a gubernatorial veto has, in the past, blocked its enactment.
Undeterred, the chief sponsor, Senator Lance Russell, said that supporters are "going to keep at it until we get it."
Make no mistake about it: The fourteen Constitutional Carry states represent some of the safest states in the country -- including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho.
But if you look at the cities which are the most restrictive in "allowing" citizens to carry -- like Chicago and Baltimore -- they are some of the most crime ridden places in the nation.
But in Arizona and Alaska, two of the earliest Constitutional Carry states, violent crime dropped 30 percent in the first five years following the adoption of their Constitutional Carry laws.
Perhaps this is the reason why police favor expanded carry by a ratio of nine to one, according to a PoliceOne.com poll.
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Gun Owners of America
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