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South Dakota law allows people over 18, including nonresidents, to carry concealed handguns in vehicles without a permit.1 A person who is under the age of eighteen years of age may carry a concealed pistol “in the presence of a parent or legal guardian,”2 and this exception could apply in vehicles.

South Dakota law prohibits any person from operating or riding on any motorcycle or off-road vehicle with a loaded firearm that is not within a carrying case entirely enclosing the firearm. This does not apply on land the person owns or leases, or to a person with a permit to carry a concealed weapon or certain persons engaged in hunting.3 This also does not apply with respect to utility-terrain vehicles or to any vehicle that is designed for four or more low-pressure tires or rubberized tracks, and has a seat a person sits upon, and has a steering wheel.4

No person may operate or ride a snowmobile with a firearm in his or her possession unless the firearm is unloaded and entirely enclosed in a carrying case. However, this restriction does not apply to any person who is carrying a pistol and possesses a permit to carry a concealed pistol.5 This also does not apply with respect to utility-terrain vehicles or to any vehicle that is designed for four or more low-pressure tires or rubberized tracks, and has a seat a person sits upon, and has a steering wheel.6

  1. 2019 SD S 47 (signed by the Governor January 31, 2019), repealing § 22-14-9; see also S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-7.4 (nonresidents are not required to have a permit in order to carry a concealed pistol in South Dakota).[]
  2. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-71.[]
  3. S.D. Codified Laws § 32-20-6.6.[]
  4. Id.[]
  5. S.D. Codified Laws § 32-20A-11.[]
  6. Id.[]