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South Dakota lacks many fundamental gun safety protections and in fact has weakened its gun laws in recent years, putting its residents at grave risk.

In 2019, the state repealed its requirement that individuals obtain a license and background check to carry loaded, concealed firearms in public. In 2019, South Dakota had the 24th-highest gun death rate among the states and exported crime guns at around the national average rate. Basic steps South Dakota could take to save lives from gun violence include requiring a background check and waiting period before all firearm sales and strengthening regulations for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

What South Dakota Does Well

  • Mental health record reporting

What South Dakota Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.