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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 22, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has certified that South Dakota’s regular Concealed Carry Permits qualify as an alternative to a background check conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  

The ATF has already declared that South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Carry Permit and Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit, issued on or after January 1, 2017, qualify for a NICS exemption, following the request from the Office of the Attorney General for the State of South Dakota the regular Concealed Carry Permit (issued on or after July 1, 2018) now qualifies as well.

“This is a big step forward in protecting the Second Amendment rights of South Dakotans,” said Ravnsborg.  “This clarification of the law will allow lawful firearms purchases without redundant and burdensome regulations on legal gun owners.”

The Open Letter to All South Dakota Federal Firearms Licensees officially recognizes the state-issued permits as meeting the requirements of 18 U.S.C. §922(t)(3).


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