“Three years ago, I made a courageous decision by signing constitutional carry into law to ensure that South Dakotans were not prevented from exercising their rights,” Noem said during an appearance on Fox News. “This week, I took the step of removing a financial barrier. The government’s purpose is to safeguard our freedoms, not make money from them.”
According to the National Rifle Association, SB 212, “reduces the cost in South Dakota to have a carry permit down to $0.”
“SB 212 allows people who want to use South Dakota’s reciprocity agreements with numerous states to do so and not be excessively penalized for essentially a tax on their right to self-defense,” said the NRA-ILA.
Senate Bill 195 and House Bill 1162 are two other measures that Noem has recently signed in order to protect South Dakotans’ right to bear arms. Fox News notes that the laws define the state’s Stand Your Ground law, as well as a new definition of “loaded firearm.”
We’ve previously covered instances of gun rights advancing across the country. In the past, both Alabama and Louisiana’s state senates passed forward bills to allow for permitless “constitutional” carry, with only Alabama becoming law after vetos and changes by lawmakers in Louisiana caused the legislation to fail.
According to recent reports, Noem has been working on legislation lately, recently signing a bill that makes it more difficult for women to get abortion pills. According to MSN, the new law would require women to make three trips to a clinic rather than two before obtaining an abortion pill.
“South Dakota will keep advancing pro-life legislation,” Noem added when discussing the bills. “The two measures I am signing today are critical because they both offer protections for mothers.”