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Child Access Prevention

South Dakota has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.

South Dakota prohibits any person from selling, transferring, giving, loaning, furnishing, or delivering a firearm or firearm ammunition to any person under age 18 if that person knows or reasonably believes the minor intended, at the time of transfer, to use the firearm or ammunition in a crime of violence.1 South Dakota has no other law penalizing those who provide children access to firearms.

Safe Storage

South Dakota has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way.

South Dakota also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.


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  1. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-46. The person transferring the firearm is criminally liable for a felony. Id.[]