South Dakota Gov. Noem Signs Three Bills Protecting Second Amendment

Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke

South Dakota Governor Kristy Noem has been one of the most stalwart conservative governors in recent years, and while she’s come under fire as of late for seeming to waffle on a bill regarding transgender males in sports, when it comes to protecting the Second Amendment, she’s right on target.

This week, as Washington DC Democrats fight to undermine Americans’ right to bear arms, Noem signed into law three key bills that will protect her citizens’ rights to protect themselves.

The Epoch Times reported that the laws include restrictions for gun seizure, fee reductions for concealed-carry permits, and clarification as to lawful deadly use of force, i.e. “stand your ground” laws.

“A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if the person reasonably believes that using or threatening to use deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself, herself, or another, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony,” House Bill 1212 states.

“A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this section does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground, if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is (1) Not engaged in a criminal activity; and (2) In a place where the person has a right to be,” the legislation reads.

Meanwhile, over in the U.S. House, the Democrats are working to make it more difficult for Americans to purchase a weapon in the wake of recent mass shootings that occurred in states (Georgia and Colorado, respectively) where mass shootings were already highly illegal, as it happens.

H.R. 8, aka the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 passed 227-203 with eight Republicans joining the Democrats and just one Democrat dissenting to vote against (so it wasn’t exactly bipartisan, was it?)

The bill provides that sales, gifts, and loans of firearms must be processed by a licensed gun dealer, meaning it would be illegal for a father to simply pass on his firearm to his son without involving an FFL.

Let’s hope that more governors like Noem are willing to defy Washington if the Democrats get away with their fantasy gun-grabbing.

We’re going to need a heck of a lot more backbone from the GOP than we’re currently seeing on gun rights, that’s for sure. It is why we do not have national conceal carry reciprocity. In 2016 after Donald Trump was elected President, he said he would sign a reciprocity bill into law where a concealed carry permit issued by one state would be recognized in all other states just like a driver’s license or marriage license.

Unfortunately, neither House Speaker John Boehner nor Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell moved the bill through their respective chambers for a floor vote. The NRA didn’t press them on it either.

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