South Dakota Governor Signs 3 Bills Aimed to Protect Gun Rights Into State Law

As President Biden continues to promise gun reforms and firearm restrictions, Kristi Noem, the Governor of South Dakota, just signed 3 new bills into state law designed to protect gun ownership rights.

One bill implements restrictions on gun seizures, another applies fee reductions to concealed-carry permits, and the final bill defines the legal use of deadly force, often referred to as ‘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,” the use of deadly force bill reads.

“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 bill states.

The state’s move is in response to pushes from Biden and other congressional Democrats for new gun control legislation. Just last month, House Democrats passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 with little Republican support. The new background check bill, if passed, would require a licensed gun-dealer to process individual firearm sales and gifts.