What was a bill is now law (pending the Governor’s signature). I laid out the basics earlier, but now the bill has passed the Senate and will become law upon the formality of Governor Daugaard’s signature. With sufficient background verification, those individuals who are here in South Dakota, and are not US citizens but are
citizens of the state resident aliens* (see comments) will be permitted to carry concealed.
While it is likely that a lawsuit precipitated the bill upon which this law is based, I believe the law is a proper and useful change, if only to bring a consistency to the state’s gun laws. Previously, legal immigrants were permitted to purchase rifles, shotguns and yes, handguns. The difference which existed in the laws which addressed purchasing a handgun and being allowed to (legally) carry it concealed seemed strange. As always, one is reminded that those who wish to procure anything for illegal acts do not generally care that the procurement of such devices, weapons or substances be done in a legal fashion.
I do not know if the law is to take effect immediately or if it will require a few days for the various sheriff’s offices to be appraised of the new category of concealed carry applicants and the additional steps which will be necessary before issuance.
In any event, to those who now have a greater ability to ensure their own safety, welcome to the State of South Dakota. Glad to have you with us.