Tuesday, January 10, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-mail

Hello To All,


            The 2006 Legislative Session began today and gun owners will have several "hot button" issues to deal with between now and March. Rather than pack everything into this one message, I will try to assign just one issue per Alert E-mail for the time being.


            Last year I was made aware of the fact that the SD Game, Fish and Parks Dept. had a rule that made it illegal to carry a concealed pistol (with a permit) on the Mickelson Trail, anywhere in state campgrounds, and all other areas under their supervision. These rules have the same effect as state law because GF&P was granted this rule making authority by our state legislature many years ago. I had a bill prepared to rectify this situation and brought it to John Cooper's attention. Mr. Cooper is the secretary for GF&P. Some of these GF&P's rules date back to the days before we had such lenient concealed carry laws as we do today. As you know, over the course of the last several years as your lobbyist for SD Shooting Sports Assoc., we have drastically improved and moved our CCW laws forward to the point where we are second to no other state. [For a complete list of accomplishments, visit our web site at http://sdshootingsports.org/accomplishments.htm].


            Mr. Cooper decided it was time to revise the GF&P's rules to better coincide with our expanded right to carry laws. He had the GF&P's attorneys draft an exemption for those with a legal permit. He then presented it at the monthly Commission Meeting in Pierre last week, where with his endorsement it was accepted for review. The "rules change" now moves into the 30 day public review period. This is when GF&P looks forward to your input on this issue. The last phase in this process is the public hearing and acceptance during the March 2nd and 3rd Commission Meeting in Chamberlain. Below is the exemption language which was drafted for approval and when approved will become a permanent part of GF&P's


Chapter 41:03:01

(5) An Individual who possesses a valid concealed pistol permit pursuant to SDCL 23-7-7 may carry a concealed pistol at any time.


            If you would like to see this proposal accepted, please contact Chuck Schlueter at "chuck.schlueter@state.sd.us" and let him know. Chuck compiles all the e-mail messages  and summarizes the comments for the Commission before their final ruling in March. He then brings all of your comments to the Commission meeting and presents them. Please inform every gun owner you know to do the same. Bear in mind, without this exemption to GF&P's rules, you cannot carry a concealed pistol in any state campground, on the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills, or in any state park, any state recreation area, any state nature area, or any state lakeside use area. Try to find one fellow gun owner every week to send an e-mail to Chuck. With that kind of input, this is sure to pass.


            If you would like to send a "thank-you" e-mail to Mr. Cooper for his efforts to this point, he can be reached at "john.cooper@state.sd.us". It is a pleasure to work with him on this project and it is his conviction to make this happen that resulted in it moving forward so quickly. It also eliminates the need to run one of our bills this session which in turn frees me up to concentrate on other legislative issues. I will address our other bills and strategies in subsequent e-mails. As they say, Stay Tuned.


As always; please forward this message to every gun owner you know. If this message was forwarded to you and you would prefer to become a member of the SDSSA Alert E-mail list, register at http://sdshootingsports.org/legislative_affairs_signup.htm and you will be added to the largest pro-firearms e-mail network in state of South Dakota. Our unduplicated legislative success rate stands at 100% without ever having solicited funds from anyone.


Thank You,

David F. Conway,

SD Shooting Sports Assoc.-Legislative Affairs


P.O. Box 402

Black Hawk,  SD     57718-0402

Phone:     605-787-5713

Fax:          605-786-0339

E-mail:      sdssala@rushmore.com



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