In South Dakota, adults can purchase a gun without a license. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed gun in your car or on (or near) your body, unless you are in your own home, business, or property. (S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-14-11.) For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in South Dakota.
To obtain a safety certificate or concealed handgun license, you must apply at the sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
(S.D. Cod. Laws § 23-7-7.)
Yes. South Dakota recognizes concealed handgun carry permits issued by states with which South Dakota has reciprocity agreements. (S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-14-9.2 & 23-7-7.3.) However, not all states recognize concealed carry permits issued by South Dakota. Holders of concealed carry permits from other approved states must follow South Dakota’s firearms laws while in the state. (S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-14-9.2.)
The South Dakota Secretary of State website provides a list of states with reciprocity agreements with South Dakota.
It is a class 1 misdemeanor to carry a weapon in South Dakota without a concealed carry license (unless you are in your own home, place of business, or on your own property). Penalties include a fine of up to $2,000, up to one year in jail, or both. (S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-14-9.)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in South Dakota, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.