South Dakota and Wyoming senators hope to loosen concealed carry rules

WASHINGTON (KOTA TV) – Several dozen U.S. senators, including South Dakota Sen. John Thune and Wyoming’s Mike Enzi and John Barrasso cosponsored an act to allow people to more easily carry guns across state lines.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act allows people with concealed carry permits in their home state to carry in any other state with concealed carry laws … as long as they abide by those states’ rights.

Two previous attempts to loosen concealed carry laws failed.

“Since state borders shouldn’t restrict constitutional rights, this legislation ensures people who are legally entitled to carry a concealed firearm in one state can also carry in another state as long as they respect the laws of any other state they visit.” Thune stated.

“This legislation protects law-abiding gun owners around the country and I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important issue,” Enzi added.

South Dakota already has reciprocity agreements with many states; but the permit requirements vary. Go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website for specifics.

Wyoming also has deals with other states. Go to the Division of Criminal Investigation website for information.

South Dakota’s State Legislature will debate a bill (Is 3rd time the charm in repealing South Dakota's concealed carry permit?) that, if approved, would remove the requirement for qualified state residents to have a permit to carry concealed within the state.