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Gov. Noem signs enhanced concealed carry bill for Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday, March 18, signed a bill to allow individuals with enhanced concealed carry permits to bring firearms into the Capitol.

"The state Capitol is already a safe place thanks to the dedicated men and women of our Highway Patrol,” Noem said in a news release. “With this law in place, law-abiding citizens with the proper permit will be able to carry in the Capitol, just like they can in so many other places.”

Enhanced concealed carry permits require individuals to apply, pay a fee, and complete a qualifying handgun course taught by a South Dakota certified instructor, the news release said. People with an enhanced permit must notify the superintendent of the Highway Patrol at least 24 hours in advance and provide dates they will carry in the Capitol.

South Dakota is one of 18 states that allow concealed carry in their respective state Capitol, Noem's office said. The law will go into effect July 1.

Earlier this year Noem signed a permitless concealed carry bill, which also goes into effect July 1. South Dakota does not require gun owners to have a permit in order to open carry, but it had for concealed carry.

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