Rolling back gun laws

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - With a new governor taking over in January, some legislators are hoping to roll back gun regulations.

Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35) plans to resurrect a bill to allow Constitutional Carry. The proposal would allow legal gun owners to carry their concealed weapons without a concealed carry permit.

A similar bill was passed by the legislature, but ultimately vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Now, with Kristi Noem taking over the governor's mansion, DiSanto believes the bill has a shot.

"This is an opportunity for us to bring things forward that we have not been able to get through in the past, including Constitutional Carry, and so we are excited to get this opportunity to really bring some of these things that we have been waiting to do for a while," DiSanto said.

Not everyone is on board for easing gun regulations.

Shannon Hoime is the leader of the South Dakota chapter of Moms Demand Action. She says they advocate for responsible gun laws and Constitutional Carry isn't one of them.

She says the proposal would remove the background check done by law enforcement before they issue a concealed carry permit.

"We know that folks who buy guns at gun shows and online do not have to undergo a background check," Hoime said. "The criminal background check is only required for licensed gun dealers."

DiSanto disagrees.

"This is not going to change any of the rules as far as who can carry. If you're a felon or if there's another reason you're not able to have a gun, this does not change any of that," DiSanto said. "I think that it's wrong to treat legal gun owners like they have to jump through an extra hoop to conceal their own weapon."

The South Dakota Legislature starts on January 9.