From SDGO's alert on HB 1247:
"Current South Dakota law denies your right to arms by severely limiting your ability to carry a handgun for self-defense in any vehicle.
Only by securing a government permit can you legally defend yourself while in your car. If you carry a loaded, accessible handgun in any vehicle without a concealed pistol permit, you may be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a year in jail and a $1000 fine. "
Of note is that they list the home phone numbers of the legislators so you can actually speak to them if their mailbox is
So HB 1247 would have made carry in a vehicle permissable w/o a permit. You'd think that any pro-gun group would support it right?
Enter the NRA.
"But surprisingly, David Conway, lobbyist for NRA affiliated South Dakota Shooting Sports Association, opposed this pro-gun bill in committee, stating that he had a problem with repealing the permit requirement.
"If you’re going to carry in an enclosed motor vehicle, you better have a permit,' Mr. Conway stated. He then brought an amendment, supported by the NRA, which completely wiped out the pro-gun language of HB 1247 and replaced it with a minor adjustment to current law.
The only change the Conway amendment makes is to allow a handgun carried in a closed compartment to be loaded. Current law (SDCL 22-14-10) allows a person without a permit to carry only an unloaded handgun in a closed compartment or container too large to be concealed."
Now will someone please try to explain to me why the NRA is thought of as a pro-gun org?
Yet another example of the NRA arguing against a pro-gun position in favor of an anti-gun position. This isn't the first time the NRA has argued for registration & I doubt it will be the last.
If you're an NRA member, don't delude yourself into thinking that your helping gun owners.