Gov. Noem signs bill to allow firearms in the capitol with enhanced concealed carry permit

Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill to allow individuals with an enhanced concealed carry permits to bring firearms into the South Dakota Capitol building on March 18.

The enhanced concealed carry permits require individuals to apply, pay a fee, and complete a qualifying handgun course taught by a South Dakota certified instructor. Those with the permit must notify the superintendent of the Highway Patrol at least 24 hours in advance and provide the dates they will arrive at the capitol.

"The state Capitol is already a safe place thanks to the dedicated men and women of our Highway Patrol,” said Noem. “With this law in place, law-abiding citizens with the proper permit will be able to carry in the Capitol, just like they can in so many other places.”

South Dakota is one of 18 states that allow concealed carry in their state capitol.

The law will go into effect on July 1.