Panel defeats plan to allow concealed carry without permit

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PIERRE - A state Senate panel has defeated a proposal that would allow people in South Dakota to carry a concealed pistol without a permit.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday against the measure, which would have removed the requirement for a concealed pistol permit from state law.

Openly carrying a firearm in South Dakota is legal.

Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer has said that he has a concealed pistol permit and has been in situations where he's been glad to have it. But Stalzer says he knows people who have accidentally let their permits expire and have carried their weapons illegally.

The law enforcement community has opposed the proposal, which passed through the House.

Republican Sen. Phil Jensen says an effort to revive the plan Tuesday afternoon didn't receive enough support.

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