South Dakota Gun Laws
Unrestricted in most public areas
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Only when asked by the officer
Concealed handgun carry lawful by recognized permittees
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
You may not carry in any licensed alcoholic beverage establishment that derives over one-half of its total income from the sale of malt or alcoholic beverages (23-7-8.1)
Firearms at Colleges:
Schools individually decide the weapons policy.
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees:
Handguns may be loaded and carried in plain view or unloaded and carried in the trunk or other closed compartment.
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Uniform throughout state
Permit Training Requirements:
The basic permit has no training requirement. To apply for the enhanced permit one must complete a Qualifying handgun course which is taught by a NRA instructor who also has completed a state course on the use of force. The course must include laws, basic use, self-defense principles, and live fire of at least 98 rounds of ammo. 23-7-58
Permit Issuing Authority:
State Contact Info:
South Dakota Secretary of State
500 E Capitol Ave. - Ste 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Length of Permit Validity:
Permit Application Process:
Present the required paperwork and fee to your county sheriff office.
Only military personnel may qualify for non-resident permits
Places Off Limits:
Any licensed on-sale malt beverage or alcoholic beverage establishment that derives over one-half of
its total income from the sale of malt or alcoholic beverages. § 23-7-8.1
Elementary or Secondary School Premises or Vehicle § 13-32-7.
Courthouses § 22-14-22. County courthouse defined. For the purposes of §§ 22-14-23 to 22-14-28,
inclusive, the term, county courthouse, means the state capitol or any building occupied for the public
sessions of a circuit court, with its various offices. The term includes any building appended to or
used as a supplementary structure to a county courthouse.
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
For the basic permit:
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