Panel advances bill allowing concealed carry on certain vehicles

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PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A bill to allow the concealed carry of pistols while riding motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles passed out of the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee Thursday morning in Pierre.

HB1094 cleans up language in existing state statutes to be consistent with the operation of most other vehicles in the state.

Last year, lawmakers passed a "constitutional carry" bill which allows state residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. But carrying a firearm while operating a motorcycle or ATV was illegal under conflicting laws.

Representative David Johnson of Rapid City testified that he brought the bill to make state law consistent with the intent of the legislature when it passed the carry bill in 2019.

ABATE of South Dakota, a motorcycle advocacy group, supported the bill.

HB1094 passed out of committee on an 11 yes, 2 excused vote and will next go to the full House for consideration.