Requiring "training" before granting the right to bear arms doesn't sound radical:
House Bill 1156 would allow law enforcement and enhanced concealed pistol permit holders to carry a concealed pistol at the South Dakota Capitol.
As lawmakers discuss bills in Pierre, some say they need more safety. Under House Bill 1156, people who take the necessary training courses and background checks would be allowed to carry a pistol while in the capitol. One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Thomas Brunner says that training would prepare people for an emergency situation.
"Basically the training one of the big emphasis was on use of force. So people need to understand when it's a good idea, when it's proper according to the law to use your weapon," Brunner said.
But Governor Daugaard plans to veto if passed:
Governor Dennis Daugaard is also weighing in on the discussion. Thursday, he announced that if the bill passes through the state senate, he will veto it.
"I think like a courtroom, the capitol is sometimes a good place where emotions run high and I think it's good for people who are trained, repetitiously trained on managing dangerous situations like that should be the ones that protect us," Daugaard said.
Another issue talked about revolves around "constitutional carry" bills. Those proposed laws would let people carry concealed guns without a permit. Daugaard says he would veto that bill as well.
"My belief is South Dakota has reasonable gun laws today with regard to owning guns. Some states are much more restrictive," Daugaard said.
First off HB 1156 does require training, so Daugaard's reasoning is flawed. And second, other states should not be the standard for the governor, instead he should refer to South Dakota's Constitution. Article VI, Section 24 of the Constitution of South Dakota provides that “[t]he right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.” Sadly Daugaard is ready to deny that right. Even worse, he has a large campaign war chest to fund like minded politicians as he plans on retiring after his term is over.