Concealed pistol permits continue to rise in South Dakota
South Dakota's Secretary of State has released new numbers showing another record increase in permits to carry a concealed pistol.
On Friday, Secretary of State Jason Gant released the number of permits to carry a concealed pistol issued during the month of February. 5,305 concealed pistol permits were issued in February, a 683 increase from January and 3,534 increase from year to year.
"This trend of new and renewals of Concealed Pistol Permits is breaking all previous records at an unprecedented rate," Gant said in a news release.
According to the secretary of state, concealed pistol permit registrations and renewals have continually increased over the past three years:
2013 through Feb. 28- 9,927
So far this year, the numbers of concealed pistol permits are up from year to year:
January 2012- 1,785
January 2013- 4,622
February 2012- 1,785
February 2013- 5,305
An individual who wishes to carry a concealed pistol on or about his person or in a vehicle must obtain a permit to carry a concealed pistol. A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his/her home, business, or property, or visibly carry it, Gant said.
For information on obtaining a Concealed Pistol Permit, please visit sdsos.gov.