Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill that would have allowed most South Dakota adults to carry concealed handguns without a permit was upheld Monday by the state House of Representatives after opponents said the measure would have gone too far in loosening gun-control laws.
A 27-40 vote to override the veto fell far short of the two-thirds majority of 47 needed to pass a bill over a governor's veto. The House had passed the bill 50-18 on Feb. 13, but many representatives changed their view after the veto.
Yeas 50, Nays 18, Excused 2, Absent 0
Abdallah; Boomgarden; Brunner; Carson; Conzet; Cronin; Deelstra; Elliott; Gosch; Greenfield; Haggar; Hansen (Jon); Hickey; Hoffman; Hubbel; Hunt; Iron Cloud III; Jensen; Killer; Kirkeby; Kloucek; Kopp; Liss; Lust; Magstadt; Miller; Moser; Munsterman; Novstrup (David); Olson (Betty); Perry; Romkema; Rozum; Russell; Schaefer; Schrempp; Scott; Sigdestad; Solum; Steele; Stricherz; Tornow; Tulson; Van Gerpen; Vanneman; Venner; Verchio; Wick; Wink; Speaker Rausch
Blake; Bolin; Dennert; Dryden; Fargen; Feickert; Feinstein; Hawley; Hunhoff (Bernie); Jones; Kirschman; Lucas; Sly; Street; Turbiville; White; Willadsen; Wismer
Gibson; Nelson (Stace)
Yeas 27, Nays 40, Excused 3, Absent 0
Boomgarden; Brunner; Carson; Conzet; Cronin; Gosch; Greenfield; Haggar; Hansen (Jon); Hickey; Hubbel; Jensen; Kirkeby; Liss; Lust; Munsterman; Nelson (Stace); Olson (Betty); Russell; Stricherz; Tornow; Van Gerpen; Venner; Verchio; Wick; Wink; Speaker Rausch
Abdallah; Blake; Bolin; Deelstra; Dennert; Dryden; Elliott; Fargen; Feickert; Feinstein; Gibson; Hawley; Hoffman; Hunhoff (Bernie); Hunt; Jones; Killer; Kirschman; Kloucek; Kopp; Lucas; Magstadt; Miller; Moser; Novstrup (David); Perry; Romkema; Rozum; Schaefer; Schrempp; Scott; Sigdestad; Sly; Solum; Street; Tulson; Turbiville; Vanneman; White; Willadsen
Iron Cloud III; Steele; Wismer
I have underlined the 22 legislators who changed their vote. It would be wrong to say the governor directly impacted those votes as some were Democrats and one was simply excused during the first vote. But I suspect that most were influenced by the governor's concern from the law enforcement area that is under his control. And I do respect the concerns of law enforcement as they put their lives on the line to defend us. But we must understand that they cannot be by all of our sides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You think the size of the federal debt is large now? So the Second Amendment is there for us to defend ourselves. As legislators, who give their oath to defending the Constitution and our rights, the Second Amendment should have more force than the concerns of law enforcement. Second, the separation of powers are there so the legislative branch can protect our constitutional rights against the authority of the executive branch where law enforcement exists.
Rep. Lance Russell, Rep. Phil Jensen, and Rep. Stace Nelson were the only ones who argued in support of the constitution. Many of the rest argued from emotion and lacked logic. One such argument was the threat of being postcarded by the South Dakota Gun Owners. Rep. Nelson brought up the fact that the SDGOs sent out an email supporting the governor's veto. Their version of this issue was HB1015, which was killed due to legislators who don't like to be held accountable to their constituents for how they vote. That fact did not stop Abdallah from voting against the Second Amendment, as he mislead fellow legislators on his A+ standing with the NRA.
Sponsored by state Senator Kit Jennings (R-28) of Casper, SF 47 is an important update to lawful carry in Wyoming. It will allow a Wyoming resident to legally carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring a Wyoming concealed carry permit. This legislation will not change the current permitting system, which will still be required for non-residents and those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling outside of the state.
So this is not some attempt by radicals who lack common sense. This is a legitimate constitutional issue where common sense says the governor and 40 legislators did not fulfill their oath of office on legislation that could have gone further in safeguarding our natural right to defend ourselves against those who chose to use force to have their way with us.