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Noem recommends SD for NRA convention

South Dakota's three congressional delegates, from left to right, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune, attend an event in 2016 in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

Could South Dakota be the new home for the National Rifle Association convention? It will if U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has her way.

After Dallas, Texas, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway asked the NRA to find a new site for its convention following last week's school shooting in Florida, Noem offered up South Dakota as a option for relocation.

"The NRA would be welcome to South Dakota. We understand the freedoms and liberties that come with defending our Second Amendment, how it allows us to protect our families and carry on South Dakota's cherished hunting traditions," said Noem in a press release from the Kristi Noem for Governor campaign.

Noem also pointed to the success of last weekend's 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Sioux Falls, which attracted 28,868 people for the three-day event.

"Especially after a successful Pheasant Fest and Stock Show, South Dakota is ready, and we would be proud to celebrate those freedoms and traditions as host of the NRA Convention," Noem said.

According to the release, Noem is a lifetime member of the NRA, and is "a proud defender of the Second Amendment."

Noem is running for the Republican nomination for governor against state Attorney General Marty Jackley, former state legislator Lora Hubbel and lawyer Terry LaFleur.