South Dakota law specifically provides that the holder of a concealed weapons permit may carry a concealed pistol anywhere in South Dakota except in any licensed on-sale malt beverage or alcoholic beverage establishment that derives over one-half of its total income from the sale of malt or alcoholic beverages.1

In South Dakota, firearms may not be carried in county courthouses.2 Even concealed weapons permit holders are subject to this prohibition.

South Dakota has no statutes prohibiting firearms in the following locations, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Places of worship;
  • Sports arenas;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places.

Note that South Dakota law specifically prohibits any state agency from adopting or promulgating any rule that restricts the right or privilege to carry or possess a pistol in contravention to a license to carry a concealed weapon.3

  1. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-7-8.1. ⤴︎
  2. S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-23. However, S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-24 provides an exception for “[t]he lawful carrying of firearms, or other dangerous weapons in a county courthouse incident to hunting, or gun safety course or to other lawful purposes.” Notice of these provisions must be conspicuously posted at each public entrance to each county courthouse. S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-26. Courts retain authority to punish and promulgate rules restricting or prohibiting the possession of weapons within courthouses. S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-25. Pursuant to S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-27, it is not a defense that a person who violates S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-23 is a concealed weapon permit holder. A majority of the members-elect of the county commission in any county may waive the provisions of S.D. Codified Laws § 22-14-23. ⤴︎
  3. S.D. Codified Laws § 1-26-6.10. ⤴︎