GOP lawmaker proposes allowing concealed weapons in Capitol
PIERRE (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to bring guns into the South Dakota state Capitol.
PIERRE (AP) - A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to bring guns into the South Dakota state Capitol.
The measure was introduced Monday. It removes a prohibition from carrying in the Capitol from state law.
The proposal would allow state officials including the governor, constitutional officers, legislative leaders and Supreme Court justices to post signs barring concealed weapons in galleries or offices.
Republican Sen. Betty Olson says her proposal would deter potential attackers at the Capitol. The bill would also allow legislators to inform Capitol security that they're carrying weapons and volunteer to assist if necessary.
Olson says lawmakers are "sitting ducks" in the House and Senate chambers. She says she "certainly will" carry a concealed weapon if allowed.
A similar proposal failed last session.