South Dakota Gun Laws

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in South Dakota, here are some facts about South Dakota gun laws.

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South Dakota is a shall-issue, permitless carry state. In South Dakota, open carry and concealed carry are legal without a license. Anyone over 18 years old who can legally possess a firearm can legally conceal carry a handgun without a license. South Dakota issues Concealed Pistol Permits (CPP) to residents for reciprocity purposes. There are three concealed carry permits available in South Dakota: Regular, Gold Card and Enhanced. The Regular concealed carry permit allows holders to carry concealed and is recognized in a number of other states. The Gold Card concealed carry permit, in addition to the benefits of a Regular concealed carry permit, proves passage of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System when purchasing a firearm. The Enhanced concealed carry permit requires a firearms training course, provides the purchase background check exemption and is recognized in seven more states than the regular license. Concealed carry permits are issued at the county level by the sheriff’s office.

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Firearm in South Dakota?

No, there is no waiting period to get a permit to buy a firearm in South Dakota.

Is A Permit Required To Purchase A Handgun In South Dakota?

No, in South Dakota a permit is not required to purchase firearms.

Do You Need To Register Handguns in South Dakota?

No, handguns, rifles and shotguns do not have to be registered in South Dakota.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP) in South Dakota?

Any South Dakota state resident who is at least 18 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in South Dakota For a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP)?

In South Dakota a firearms training course is not required for a Regular concealed carry permit or a Gold Card concealed carry permit, however, a firearms training course is required to obtain the Enhanced concealed carry permit.

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP) in South Dakota?

Guidelines to obtain a South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP):

  • South Dakota resident, 18 years of age
  • Complete a firearms safety course for Enhanced concealed carry permit
  • Be a citizen of the US
  • Must meet federal law requirements

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP) in South Dakota?

In South Dakota you need to apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit or Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP) by downloading one of the three applications on the South Dakota Secretary of Sate website: sdsos.gov. You will be fingerprinted for a Gold Card and Enhanced concealed carry permit. You will be notified in 5 days if your application has been approved for a Regular concealed Carry permit or 120 days for a Gold Card and Enhanced concealed carry permit.

Step 1: Determine the type of permit

Step 2: Complete a firearms safety course, if required

Step 3: Complete a temporary application in person at your local sheriff’s office and pay the fee

How Much Does A South Dakota Concealed Carry Permit Cost?

The fee for a South Dakota a Regular concealed carry permit is $10, Gold Card concealed carry permit is $70, and Enhanced concealed carry permit is $100. There is an additional $43.25 fee for fingerprints.

Does South Dakota Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

Yes, South Dakota has permitless carry so any person who can legally possess a firearm may legally carry a concealed firearm without a license or permit.

Is South Dakota a Constitutional Carry State?

Yes, South Dakota is a constitutional carry state.

Is South Dakota an Open Carry State?

Yes, open carry is legal in South Dakota without a license or permit for anyone at least 18 years of age who can legally possess a firearm.

Is South Dakota a Castle Doctrine State?

Yes, South Dakota is a Castle Doctrine state and has a Stand Your Ground law. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself.

Are Assault Rifles Legal in South Dakota?

Yes, assault rifles are legal in South Dakota.

Are High Capacity Magazines Allowed in South Dakota?

Yes, in South Dakota, higher capacity magazines are legal.

Does South Dakota Have Gun Storage Laws?

No, South Dakota does not have a specific gun storage law.

Is South Dakota a Red Flag State?

No, South Dakota is not a Red Flag state.

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