South Dakota Sees Record Concealed Carry Permits

Phil Jensen


holsterSecretary of State Jason Gant has seen another record increase in the number of permits to carry a concealed pistol issued during the month of February.

Secretary Gant stated, “During the month of February, 5,305 Concealed Pistol Permits were issued. This is 683 more than January of 2013 and 3,534 more than February of 2012. This trend of new and renewals of Concealed Pistol Permits is breaking all previous records at an unprecedented rate.”

Concealed pistol permit registrations and renewals have continually increased over the past three years:

2011 2012 2013 thru 2-28

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15,794 18,031 9,927

January 2012 January 2013

1,785 4,622

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February 2012 February 2013

1,771 5,305

Gant said, “An individual who wishes to carry a concealed pistol on or about his person or in a vehicle must obtain a permit to carry a concealed pistol. A person does not need a permit to own a pistol, keep it in his/her home, business, or property, or visibly carry it.”

For information on obtaining a Concealed Pistol Permit, please visit



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