Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota governor vetoes bills trying to loosen gun laws

South Dakota governor vetoes bills trying to loosen gun laws

It’s not something you see every day: a Republican governor in a Republican-dominated state vetoing a Republican-backed gun bill.

That’s what happened in South Dakota on Friday, as Gov. Dennis Daugaard followed through with his threats to veto a pair of bills that would have loosened the state’s gun laws.

House Bill 1156 would have allowed people to bring concealed handguns into the state Capitol. House Bill 1072, the broader of the two measures, would have removed the requirement for concealed-carry permits. Neither bill passed with a wide enough majority to overcome the governor’s veto.

Daugaard said the state’s existing concealed-permit law, which includes a $10 fee...

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