Lawmakers kill measure to allow guns in Capitol - KOTA Territory News

Lawmakers kill measure to allow guns in Capitol

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       PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits to bring guns into the capitol.
 
       The bill has failed to move on to the Senate by a 33-34 vote. It needed 36 votes to pass.
 
       A slim majority of the House passed an amendment to the bill in question that would have allowed guns in the Capitol except when the legislature is in session, when the Supreme Court meets, and during the governor's budget address.
 
       Critics argue that the amendment defeated the main intent of the bill. The bill's sponsor says she hoped it would have allowed gun owners and legislators protection during session.
 
       A similar measure failed to pass the House about two weeks ago.    

(Original Story)

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota House Transportation Committee has voted 8-5 to support a bill allowing people with concealed carry permits to bring firearms in the state Capitol building.
 
       The same committee voted 10-3 to kill another bill that would have allowed those with permits to keep guns in their parked cars, regardless of parking lot policies.
 
       Supporters of the measure authorizing weapons in the Capitol say it would allow legislators and staff to protect themselves in an attack. Opponents say passions run too high in controversial legislative and Supreme Court proceedings to add guns to the mix.
 
       That bill will go to the House.
 
       Opponents of the defeated bill that would have allowed guns in vehicles say it pitted landowner rights against the Second Amendment.

 

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