Friday, March 03, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-Mail #15

March 3, 2006




Hello To All,


            Governor Rounds signed our last bill today, HB 1199 (introduced by Rep. Gillespie). This is the bill which prohibits access to the list of "applicants" who apply for a Concealed Carry Permit. Now with this law in place the Sioux Falls Argus Leader has run out of loopholes to exploit, in their never ending quest to publish names of permit holders. This newspaper was totally out of line in doing this and they knew it. It was obvious when every year as we would pass laws restricting access to the CCW list, they would blatantly find ways to back door our attempts at maintaining our privacy. Well, hopefully we have now removed every weak point they, or any other newspaper, could inappropriately exploit to try and intimidate someone from getting a permit. This bill was a fight and the media had no problem with sending their lobbyists to try and defeat our attempts. What they forget is, many of our Legislators also have permits and they also have no desire to see their names in print for just exercising their rights.


            Once again, we had a successful Legislative Session, with all 4 of our bills being signed into law. I had the privilege of attending the Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting this past Thursday in Chamberlain. This was when the GF&P's rule change to allow concealed carry with a permit on state lands controlled by them was finalized. Thank you to all of you who e-mailed your support for this change to the committee. I did not hear the actual count of e-mails but it was in the hundreds. The committee spokesman declined from reading them all, he just waved them in the air and stated they were ALL IN FAVOR of the rules change. This brought a laugh from everyone in the room. Technically, this is just a formality because HB 1173 (introduced by Rep. Buckingham) was passed this session. This law now restricts ALL state agencies from promulgating, or adopting, any rule that conflicts with our concealed carry laws. The nice thing about GF&P adopting this rule change now is we do not have to wait until July 1st when new state laws take effect. It is also a very positive message from GF&P and Secretary John Cooper, that they respect our rights. When I brought this problem to Mr. Cooper's attention last October, he was very cooperative and understanding and moved this change forward with no hesitation.


            Another bill successfully passed was HB 1134 (introduced by Rep. Hanks), our Castle Doctrine/No Retreat law. We now have a lawful right to meet criminal violence with justifiable force without the necessity of retreat. This law is more involved than what I could print here, so I would suggest that everyone reads it at   

so there are no misunderstandings. It does not give anyone the right to shoot someone for just trespassing.


            The last bill to mention is HB 1075 (introduced by Rep. Buckingham). This law now gives DCI and the Forensics Lab the ability to sell confiscated firearms at public auction, rather than the option of destroying them. The only change to this bill while it navigated the legislative process was the collected monies will go to the law enforcement officers training fund rather than to the general fund.


            So, as you can see, we had another great session and I owe every one of you a huge THANK YOU for all the e-mails, phone calls, and written messages to our Legislators. In all honesty, I could not do it without everyone else's help. The letters, e-mails, and phone calls to Legislators are what makes all this possible. I am merely a lobbyist, a mouth piece for the gun owners. I bring your message to our law makers. If firearm owners remain silent, I am nothing but a lone voice. What impresses the Legislators the most is how fast and uniform the gun owner's voices are heard. As Alert E-Mails went out, your responses were over whelming. So, keep up the good work and together we can accomplish our goals. I have no idea what the 2007 Legislative Session will bring us, but we will be ready when the time is right. If anyone has ideas or comments between now and then, send them to me at Many of our past bills started out that way.


            Check the SD Shooting Sports Assoc. web site regularly for updates. Many of you have asked me for Legislator's voting records on our bills for this session. Sometime in the near future I will be posting it. As always, I encourage everyone's input if there is something you would like to see posted on our web site. This will probably be the final Alert E-mail for the 2006 Legislative Session, so once again,



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Thank You,

David F. Conway,

SD Shooting Sports Assoc.-Legislative Affairs


12708 Robinson Road

Black Hawk,  SD     57718-9325

Phone:     605-787-5713

Fax:          605-786-0339



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