South Dakota law prohibits any person, including a concealed carry permit holder, from possessing or storing a firearm on or in any elementary or secondary school premises, including school vehicles or buildings.1

The state, however, has authorized school boards to create “school sentinel” programs and allow designated school employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on school premises. A person acting as a school sentinel must have a concealed carry permit.2

South Dakota law does not address the possession of firearms on college or university campuses.

See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-32-7. See also S.D. Codified Laws § 13-32-4 (requiring the expulsion of students for possession of firearms). ⤴︎
  2. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-64-1. ⤴︎