New 'gold card' permit may make gun shopping easier, faster

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters say a new South Dakota concealed carry permit would speed up gun shopping for permit holders if it receives federal approval.

The "gold card" would bypass a background check for each firearm purchase from a licensed dealer. Instead, shoppers would simply be able to present the permit, which requires completing an FBI fingerprint background check on top of the standard obligations necessary to get a concealed carry permit.

South Dakota would join over two dozen states with such an option if it's approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A bureau spokeswoman says that the agency won't make a decision until after the new law goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Foes contend that background checks should be the default for every gun purchase.

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