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SOUTH DAKOTA CAPITOL CONCEAL CARRY BILL HEADED FOR GOVERNOR’S DESK

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A bill that would allow people with enhanced concealed carry permits to bring guns into the South Dakota Capitol is headed to Gov. Kristi Noem.

The House voted 44-19 for the bill.

Majority Leader Lee Qualm, a co-sponsor, says constitutional officers in the Capitol would benefit most from the self-protection.

House Minority Leader Jamie Smith opposed the measure during a recent hearing, saying he supports the Capitol’s current safety system.

The measure would require notifying security before carrying in the Capitol.

It wouldn’t extend to the Supreme Court chamber or private offices that have controlled access, like the governor’s office.

Last year, 1,615 enhanced permits were issued in South Dakota.

They come with requirements that include completing a training course.

Noem signed a bill in January to let people carry concealed pistols without a permit.