South Dakota Gun Laws South Dakota is classified as a "shall issue" state in regards
to carrying concealed weapons. Permits are to be issued to those who
qualify through a local county sheriff.
A concealed weapons permit allows individuals to carry pistols and
handguns legally in specific areas. Five days after an application has
been processed a temporary permit will be issued.
Concealed weapons are always prohibited from secondary school property,
elementary school property, courthouses, and any building where alcohol
is the main service provided. Non-resident concealed weapons permits
are recognized in the state of South Dakota. Concealed pistol permits
are not required in South Dakota due to open carry legality. When
firearms are fully visible, they are lawful to be transported in motor
Handguns that are to be purchased from Federal Firearms Licensed
dealers must be preceded by an application. This application is later
issued to the local police through the dealer.
When an individual passes the federal background check, he or she will
automatically have the right to possess any kind of firearm as stated
by a new law passed as of the first of June 2009.
Local government units in South Dakota do not have the right to
restrict the transporting of, the possessing of, the manufacturing of,
the owning of, the selling of, or the repairing of ammunition or
firearms. Under South Dakota law those who distribute, manufacture, or
sell firearms are not to be held liable if a firearm causes injury to
Firearm Legalities Permits are not needed to carry shotguns or rifles in South
Dakota, but permits are needed to carry handguns within the state. This
kind of permit is only required if the weapon is concealed and fully
out of viewing. Rifle, shotgun, and handgun owners are not required by
law to be licensed.
Permits are also not needed when purchasing shotguns and rifles. Though
a permit is not required to purchase a handgun, a waiting period of
forty-eight hours will need to pass for a background check before the
purchase can be completed. South Dakota law states that handguns,
rifles, and shotguns do not need to be registered.
Possessing Firearms Individuals under the age of eighteen are not permitted to
possess handguns or pistols. A minor is allowed to operate firearms
when a parent or guardian is present; while participating in ranching,
target shooting, or farming; on the private property of an immediate
family member or parent; or while practicing with a qualified safety
When an individual has been convicted of a felony offense or a violent
crime in South Dakota or in another state, he or she will lose his or
her right to possess a firearm. After fifteen years, individuals who
have been paroled, completed probation, or where discharged from jail
or prison may petition for his or her rights to be reinstated.
Misdemeanor offenses marked as domestic violence cases disqualify
individuals from the right to possess firearms. These civil rights may
be re-extended after one year.