South Dakota has very weak gun laws, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2019, the state repealed its requirement that individuals obtain a license and background check to carry loaded, concealed firearms in public. In 2017, South Dakota had the 18th-lowest gun death rate among the states and was a net exporter of crime guns. Basic steps South Dakota could take to save lives from gun violence include requiring a background check and waiting period before all firearm sales and strengthening regulations for assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

  • Prohibition against firearms in county courthouses

  • Universal background checks

  • Concealed carry permitting requirement

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Ammunition sale regulation