Monday, January 16, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-mail #3

January 16, 2006

Alert E-mail #3


Hello To All,


            The next bill of interest is being introduced in the State House by Rep. Buckingham (Dist. 33). I am unsure at this point who will be carrying it in the Senate. Additional information will be sent out as I receive it. Although this is not a SDSSA requested bill, we support it and will be assisting in it's passage.


The facts which lead up to this legislation are as follows;

            Under South Dakota law, firearms which are used in the commission of a crime, when no longer needed to be held as evidence, are disposed of in the following manner;

            (1) If it is stolen, it is returned to the lawful owner upon proof of ownership

            (2) If it is illegal (such as sawed off shotguns, etc..), it is destroyed pursuant to law

            (3) If it is neither stolen nor illegal, it is delivered to the arresting agency or, at the direction of the attorney general, to the SD Forensic Laboratory for scientific examination purposes, for lawful use, or disposal.


            The legislation that is pending is Draft 049 and is posted at . (Remember as you read bills that ask for changes to existing law, the proposed omitted parts are overstricken, and the new wording is underscored). It would allow the Attorney General's office, which includes the SD Forensic Lab, to sell the firearm intact as an additional option to #3 above. This would put additional funds into our SD budget and save many firearms from destruction, including collectables. This legislation is being supported by Larry Long, the Attorney General who is extremely pro-gun and would rather not see good firearms destroyed. In most other states, agencies cannot wait to destroy firearms. We are lucky to have good people in the right places in SD.


            SDSSA has posted a poll concerning this legislation on our web site at and once again encourage everyone to voice your opinion. If you have not already answered the other poll, this would be a good time to answer both of them. Please, answer each poll question only once. The results will be tabulated and presented at the appropriate hearings. Remember, we lobby on your behalf and it is your voice that makes it all happen.


            All past Alert E-mails are posted at for your convenience. Please go back and review them occasionally. Cracker-barrel sessions are starting up in various places around the state. This gives you a tremendous opportunity to listen to, and visit with your local Legislators to voice your opinion on our issues. We encourage everyone to attend these sessions if possible.


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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



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