When it comes to firearm carry rights, constitutional carry is the Holy Grail. It’s the goal for every state-level gun rights organization out there in a state that doesn’t already have it, and then there are those who want to do everything in their power to keep it, and I don’t blame them. The Second Amendment doesn’t say anything about requiring a permit to bear arms. Quite the opposite.
Yet the requirement for concealed carry permits, regardless of the name used, is the norm for most Americans. Assuming, of course, they can get them.
Luckily for South Dakota residents, they’re set to be exempt from that number.
On Tuesday, the South Dakota state legislature passed a bill allowing for permit-less concealed carrying. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), who has already expressed support for the measure.
Although South Dakota is a reliably Republican state — President Trump carried the state in 2016 by 30 points — The Hill reports that members of the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association testified Monday in the state House that the bill should ideally be limited to South Dakota residents. A companion bill that mandates such a restriction was introduced in the state House on Friday, but thus far has not been scheduled for a hearing.
Everytown For Gun Safety argued that their polling showed that 81 percent of South Dakota residents supported the law, but that was based on a sample size of 875 people in a state of roughly 1,000 times that many. Additionally, there are all kinds of ways that numbers could misrepresent the issue entirely, especially if you pick your respondents carefully.
I don’t know that’s what happened, but I will say that I’m not that willing to take Everytown at its word. It’s an admittedly biased entity with a vested interest in preventing pro-gun measures from passing throughout the nation. Further, it will cite a survey here that seems to support its position but will ignore popular opinion in pro-gun states to push for its agenda anyway.
In other words, popular opinion only matters when it supports its cause.
Frankly, I could care less what popular opinion says. Constitutional carry is the right thing to do, not just in South Dakota but throughout the nation. The Second Amendment is clear, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Yes, that includes requiring permits.
Look, don’t get me wrong. I can deal with permits. I’ve done it, and I’ll concede it’s better than nothing. A scheme for concealed carry permits is far preferable to the alternative. That doesn’t mean it’s the ideal, though.
I’ll settle for permits. I think most of us would, assuming we can get one. But, the fact remains that we shouldn’t have to get one.
Further, there’s no evidence that constitutional carry endangers anyone. Crime hasn’t risen in any place where it has passed. Instead, all we have is fearmongering from groups like Everytown.
If that’s enough reason to restrict rights, then we have a major problem on our hands.