South Dakota Gov Signs Bill Ending All Concealed Carry Fees

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By the people, for the people! South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem made the second amendment loving Americans of South Dakota cheer after she signed legislation Tuesday repealing all concealed carry permit fees in the state.

“Three years ago, I took a bold stand by signing constitutional carry into law to ensure there were no barriers between South Dakotans and their rights,” Noem told Fox News. “This week, I took the step to remove a financial barrier. It shouldn’t cost you a penny to exercise your Second Amendment rights. Government exists to protect our rights, not profit from them.”

The bill, SB 212, “reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits to $0,” according to the National Rifle Association.

“SB 212 allows those who wish to use South Dakota’s reciprocity agreements with other states to do so and not be heavily burdened by what is essentially a tax on their right to self-defense,” the NRA-ILA wrote.

Others bills recently signed by Noem in pursuit of strengthening the second amendment rights of South Dakotans include Senate Bill 195 and House Bill 1162. Fox News reports that the bills clarify the state’s Stand Your Ground law and provide an updated definition of “loaded firearm” respectively.

Big League Politics has covered numerous instances of gun rights advancing nationwide before. Both the states of Alabama and Louisiana had their state senates pass forward bills to enact permitless “constitutional” carry in the past, with only the former finally materializing into law after vetos and changes of mind by lawmakers in Louisiana caused the bill to fail.

Noem has been making moves legislatively as of late, recently signing a bill making it harder for women to receive abortion pills. Reporting by MSN claims the new bill would require women to make three visits to a clinic rather than two before receiving an abortion pill.

“South Dakota will continue to advance legislation that protects the lives of unborn children,” Noem said when speaking of the legislation. “The two bills that I am signing today are crucial because they are also protections for mothers.”

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