Generally, South Dakota prohibits the carrying of a concealed handgun, whether loaded or unloaded, in any vehicle while the person is operating the vehicle, unless the person first obtains a concealed weapons permit. However, this prohibition does not apply if the handgun is unloaded and is carried for any lawful use within a trunk or other closed compartment of a vehicle or in a closed container that cannot be concealed on the person.1

South Dakota law prohibits any person from operating or riding on any motorcycle or off-road vehicle with a loaded firearm that is not within a carrying case entirely enclosing the firearm. This does not apply on land the person owns or leases, or to a person with a permit to carry a concealed weapon or certain persons engaged in hunting.2

No person may operate or ride a snowmobile with a firearm in his or her possession unless the firearm is unloaded and entirely enclosed in a carrying case.  However, this restriction does not apply to any person who is carrying a pistol and possesses a permit to carry a concealed pistol.3

  1. S.D. Codified Laws §§ 22-14-9, 22-14-10. See also S.D. Codified Laws §§ 41-5-7 and 41-5-8 for information on transporting or possessing firearms while hunting. ⤴︎
  2. S.D. Codified Laws § 32-20-6.6. ⤴︎
  3. S.D. Codified Laws § 32-20A-11. ⤴︎