Thursday, February 16, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-mail #13




Hello To All,

            It has been a very busy and very productive week at the Capital. Many Legislators complimented the politeness and brevity of your e-mails and your messages that came into the Capital. I want to thank everyone who responded this way. It helped catapult two of our bills to passage when they fell on somewhat rocky ground. My apologizes for not sending out an Alert E-Mail sooner, but this week proved to be our biggest challenge so I was not able to leave the Capital much. An update is in order for all of our bills. Remember, you can still access past information on all of our bills on my Blog Site at

This is where the past Alert E-Mails are permanently archived.


HB 1075, which grants authority to the Division of Criminal Investigation to sell confiscated firearms as an additional option for their disposition, passed today (2/16/06) from the House. It had to return there for a concurrence vote because of an amendment attached to it in the Senate. The amendment stipulated that funds collected shall be deposited in the law enforcement officers training fund rather than the general fund. This bill is now on to the Governor for his signature. You can review its history at and search the numerous links at your leisure.


HB 1173, which restricts any state agency from adopting any rule that restricts the right or privilege to carry or possess a pistol in contradiction to our concealed carry laws, passed its final hurdle on 2/14/06 and is now on the Governors desk awaiting his signature. A history can be reviewed at


HB 1134, the No Retreat/Self Defense bill passed out of the Senate on 2/10/06 and passed a House concurrence vote on 2/14/06. This was our biggest challenge this year. It was amended many times with some amendments being removed in subsequent hearings. The final House vote was a very close one at 43 to 27. Much closer than any bills we have ever run in the past. This bill is now on to the Governor. The history is at


HB 1199 is our final challenge for this session. This is the bill which was brought out in response to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader printing the names of CCW Permit "applicants". We passed a law in 2002 and strengthened it again in 2005 which stipulated that no one could have access to, or compile a list of permit holders. We never considered applicants in the restrictions. Well, the Argus Leader took advantage of that and started printing the names of applicants. Yesterday's hearing was very heated as the SD Newspaper Assoc. lobbyist did his best to unsuccessfully kill the bill. The final vote was 5 to 2 in favor of passage, but the newspapers will not give up, they will just turn up the pressure on the Legislators. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate floor tomorrow, Tuesday at the latest. Because it was amended, it will have to return to the House for them to concur. Please contact your Senator immediately and ask him or her to pass HB 1199. As soon as I receive the floor vote results, I will pass it on to you. We will still have the final House vote to contend with. This problem extends further than just the Sioux Falls area. If the Argus Leader is allowed to continue printing names, other newspapers will follow. We need to head this problem off before it goes any further. If you are unsure who your Senator is, we have the info at   If you need additional help, feel free to contact me. I will be going back to the Capital on Monday.


One last item is our Quick Polls which are still posted at  If you have not voted in them, please do. If you have voted, you can still go back and submit additional comments without voting. The final step with all of our bills is a visit with the Governor. I will be bringing the results of the polls with me when I visit with him. Governor Rounds has always been very receptive to the concerns of firearms owners in the state. From visiting with members of his staff, I feel confident that Governor Rounds will be very receptive to our bills. We still need his signature before they can become law. It has been a tough session, but we are almost there. Our successes this year will be something you can be very proud of. The correspondence you sent to the legislature was welcomed by all of them. Even Legislators that will always vote for our causes complimented the ever growing gun owner voice in South Dakota. Those who needed some convincing were definitely moved in that direction, so keep it up.


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 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



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