PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state House has failed to overcome Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill that would have allowed people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit.
State representatives voted 36-33 Monday to for the bill, falling short of the two-thirds support required to override the veto.
Daugaard said in his veto message that he disagrees with the idea that the state's current concealed carry laws infringe on Second Amendment rights. He says South Dakota's permit process is simple and straightforward.
Republican Rep. Dan Kaiser, a supporter, says getting a concealed pistol permit can be burdensome. It's currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.
Earlier, representatives couldn't muster enough support to override Daugaard's veto of a bill that would have allowed people to bring guns into the state Capitol.
The House voted 42-27 Monday to override the veto, short of the two-thirds majority required. The bill would have let people who have an enhanced permit bring concealed handguns into the Capitol if they registered beforehand with security.
Daugaard said in his veto message that he's satisfied the Highway Patrol is doing its job. Republican Rep. Larry Rhoden, a supporter, says the bill is “simple common sense.''
There are no metal detectors or other security checks at the Capitol entrances to enforce the current prohibition on most people carrying guns in the building.