Tuesday, February 21, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-Mail #14

Feb. 21, 2006



Hello To All,

            Great news from the Capital. Governor Rounds signed HB 1134 on Friday, our No Retreat/ Self Defense bill and HB 1173 today, our bill which prohibits any state agency from adopting or promulgating rules that are contrary to our present Concealed Carry laws. Read these bills carefully because as of July 1st, 2006 they become law. HB 1075 was delivered to the Governor today. That is the bill which would give the Division of Criminal Investigation the additional option to sell confiscated firearms intact. The collected monies would go into the Law Enforcement Training fund.


So now we are down to our last bill which caused a bit of a ruckus at the last hearing. It is HB 1199 which adds CCW permit "applicants" to the list of restricted items that are not public knowledge. As you remember, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader has a policy of printing the names of permit "applicants" since we already restricted them from access to the CCW data base. So this bill this year is in response to them "back dooring" the system again. The newspaper lobby hit us with heated opposition at the last hearing and as a result an amendment was added to the bill. But the amendment actually strengthens our legislation and avoids a possible legal challenge by the Argus Leader. Senator Lee Schoenbeck, who is an attorney, helped us punch holes in what the newspaper lobby would have liked to have seen the hearing outcome be. I was very thankful for his quick thinking and slight bending of the rules to gain the positive results for our bill. It raised some eyebrows in the room, but after the dust settled it was obviously a good move. So now this bill returns to the House for a vote of concurrence. This will probably be the last time I ask you to contact anyone, but the concurrence vote will happen very soon. Please e-mail both of your Representatives and ask them to vote for passage of HB 1199 as amended by the Senate. This will be an important message. For help determining what District you live in, go to this link. Remember, all Representatives can be contacted by using the e-mail address --- rep.*****@state.sd.us --- and substituting their last name for the *****'s. Or contact me and I can help you. Even though presently this is a local Sioux Falls dilemma, without passage of this bill any newspaper anywhere in SD could adopt the same policy at any time and start publishing your name when you apply for or renew your permit. This information is no one's business and must always be protected as private.


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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