South Dakota: 3 Pro-Gun Bills Signed by Governor Noem

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South Dakota’s Governor just signed three pro-gun bills into law. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( Last week, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed a trio of pro-gun measures that strengthen our right to self-defense in the Mount Rushmore State.  These measures will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 195 clarifies South Dakota’s current Stand your Ground law by establishing that the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, lies on the party seeking to overcome the immunity provided under this law.  This measure clarifies the burden of proof and who bears the burden of proof in Stand your Ground self-defense cases.   

House Bill 1162 updates the definition of “loaded firearm” under South Dakota law to designate that a firearm is considered loaded only if a round is chambered.  This update provides easier methods of storing firearms in an “unloaded” manner, while still maintaining utility in self-defense situations when seconds matter.

Senate Bill 212, as amended on the Senate Floor, reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits to $0.  SB 212 allows those who wish to use South Dakota’s reciprocity agreements with other states, to do so and not be heavily burdened by what is essentially a tax on their right to self-defense.

NRA-ILA would like to thank Governor Kristi Noem for signing these important measures into law, as well as bill sponsors and those legislators who voted in support of the three bills.  Further, thank you to NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who continued to contact their lawmakers in support of each measure as they progressed through the legislative process.

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Green Mtn. Boy

It must be nice to have a Constitutional minded head of state, well done South Dakota.


Noem was by far the best, most constitutional governor on covid, even better than DeSantis. I was for DeSantis/Noem 24 until she blocked a good tranny sports bill, kowtowing to woke NCAA tranny promoters. But she finally signed a similar bill this year after taking a large amount of righteous criticism for trashing the earlier bill. So I’m back on board with DeSantis-Noem.


That is not true. Have a look at her initial views on lockdowns back in the early months of 2020. She was actually put in her place by legislators at the time. A little fact she doesn’t bring up these days.


Have any links?






If the Dems were capable of nominating a moderate I could see a Noem v. Gabbard race in ’24. Not saying I’m for it, just that it would be interesting. But today’s Democrats view Gabbard as a far right extremist so it’s just a passing thought.

Desert Rat

I just read where Gabbard is a 2015 graduate of Klaus Swuab’s WEF young globalist’s class. So is she another Manchurian Candidate? Other notables in that class are Tom Cotton and Pete Butegieg(sp?). The plants by WEF into all kinds of government positions shows the extent of infiltration that has occurred as they push the Great Reset.


I wonder if Gabbard’s frequent appearances on FOX with her pretty face and professed moderate views are an attempt to snag Republican votes for her next race, whatever that may be. I rarely “challenge worse” but I would not mind Hawaii’s senator Mazie Horono being replaced.