The Custer County Commission has repealed its ordinance allowing people to carry guns in the courthouse.

After the ordinance went into effect in December, the Seventh Circuit put forth a policy that circuit judges would no longer appear in person in Custer.

Commission Chairman Jim Lintz says the decision to repeal the ordinance wasn't just about money.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

If South Dakota voters approve either ballot questions that greenlight some form of marijuana, it could complicate firearm transactions, legally.

When a gun is purchased from a licensed dealer, a form from the federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms asks if the purchaser is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or other controlled substance. It warns the use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under federal law regardless of state law.

A bill allowing county employees to carry guns in courthouses has won approval from the South Dakota Senate.  

The Senate approved the bill 28-7 this week. It now heads to the House.  

Red-Flag Gun Bill Defeated

Feb 4, 2020

An attempt to create what’s commonly called a “red flag” gun law failed Tuesday in the South Dakota Legislature.  

Legislators Shoot Down Repeal Of Gun Taxes

Jan 31, 2020

An effort to repeal the sales tax on firearms suffered a quick defeat Thursday in a South Dakota legislative committee. 

Gun Bills Piling Up In The Legislature

Jan 29, 2020

An effort to continue rolling back gun restrictions in South Dakota stumbled out of the gate this week in the Legislature, but it’s just the first of several gun debates that will happen this winter in Pierre. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

  Legislators passed a law last year allowing some people to carry guns in the South Dakota Capitol at Pierre, but beginning next week, other people could be disarmed at the Capitol door. 


In The Moment ... August 8, 2018 Show 633 Hour 1

Like most Americans, South Dakotans disagree on how to prevent mass shootings. But some South Dakotans are seeking training and connections in the hopes of making a difference.

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster joins In The Moment with information on Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

A former deputy who failed to enter the building to confront a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has been arrested on 11 criminal charges.

At least 12 people are dead after a city employee went on a shooting rampage inside a municipal building in Virginia Beach last week.

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster writes about the upcoming National Gun Violence Awareness Day.


In The Moment ... February 6, 2019 Show 510 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies take a look at the background of gun law legislation.

This week's panelists are Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter with the Rapid City Journal, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Northern State University in Aberdeen.


In The Moment ... February 1, 2019 Show 507 Hour 1

Senate Bill 47 allowing constitutional carry in South Dakota was signed into law Thursday by Governor Kristi Noem.

SDPB Political Reporter Lee Strubinger says other bills dealing with concealed carry are still working their way through the legislature.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.


In the last six months, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she’s seen a sharp decline in concealed carry weapon permits issued.

Last year, the state renewed and issued just over 30,000 concealed carry permits. Krebs says that was an all-time high number of permits.

Krebs says that could be over anticipation of Hillary Clinton winning the presidential election.

In The Moment ... May 11, 2017 Show 091 Hour 1

SDPB’s Steve Zwemke talks with NBC analyst and former NASCAR racer Kyle Petty. Petty rides through South Dakota for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether addressed the media for an update on child pornography charges against the former fire chief Jim Sideras. For the latest on the investigation, SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins us live from our studio at the University of Sioux Falls.

Charles Michael Ray

A bill that establishes constitutional carry in South Dakota now heads to the governor’s desk.
State Senator Brock Greenfield brought House Bill 10-72 to the full chamber. He says current concealed carry laws create a barrier for law abiding citizens.
““It streamlines the situation. It doesn’t require somebody to lease back their guaranteed second amendment right, so long as they’re not subject to any disqualifiers.”

Forget Texas… Don’t Mess With South Dakota

Dec 30, 2016

The number of concealed carry permits reached an all-time high in South Dakota in December.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says the number of permits issued beat the previous state record by well over 3,000.

She says the number of concealed carry permits issued during a single year has more than doubled since 2008.

Krebs says her office saw an increase in permit applications following tragedies that get national attention…

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A school safety plan at a southeast South Dakota district includes allowing people who are not law enforcement access to firearms on school property. The Tri-Valley school board Monday approved the first reading of a sentinel program.

Nearly 900 students in kindergarten through the 12th grade attend Tri-Valley school in Colton. The building sits outside of town across from a field.


President Obama has announced new regulations and more stringent background checks for anyone who wants to purchase a firearm. 

Meanwhile, in South Dakota 2015 saw a spike in the number of concealed pistol permits, the permits allow a citizen who has completed a background check to legally hide and carry a handgun.  

While a state issued conceal carry permit requires a background check it doesn’t necessarily streamline the federal background checks needed to purchase a firearm.  Some state lawmakers hope that can change.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds questions a call by the Obama Administration to prohibit someone on the no fly list from owning a gun in the United States.

The no fly list is maintained by federal intelligence agencies who flag those they deem a potential terrorist or threat.   President Obama says anyone on that list should not be able to walk into a gun shop and purchase a firearm.   

But Senator Mike Rounds worries this would violate the constitution.  

Sioux Falls Police Department

Authorities are looking for a man they believe raped a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls. Police say the suspect is armed and dangerous, and they want anyone who sees him or the van he’s driving to call 911.

Officials are searching for 41-year-old Frederick McAbee. He’s a black Sioux Falls man who is about 5'9" tall and weighs 165 pounds. Authorities believe he is driving a gray 1999 Chevy Express. That’s a full-size cargo van. The license plate is 1BMC21.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A 19-year-old Sioux Falls man is dead after a weekend shooting that involved drugs and alcohol. Officers say Mikael Ashame died early Saturday morning from a gunshot wound. The man who shot him is in custody, and authorities arrested another person who owns the gun.

Sioux Falls police officials say they responded to a shooting first as a 911 hang up. Someone said a man shot himself, and another story was a man in a ski mask came in and shot someone. The investigation shows one man is dead following an accidental shooting.

Kealey Bultena

The United States House is on recess, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem is back in South Dakota. Tuesday the state’s lone Representative spoke in Sioux Falls at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She then met with some young professionals for a discussion about issues they see.

Men with careers in finance, politics, law and technology have questions for Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  Yannick Laroche is a production manager in wind energy.

During an early morning robbery in Sioux Falls, a gas station clerk grabbed the gun from a robber. It was the second robbery in as many hours, and authorities suspect the same person is responsible for both crimes.

Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department says a man first threatened a gas station clerk with a gun at about 3:45 Monday morning. He got away from the Get N Go on North Cliff Avenue with cash.

Clemens says officers think the same man tried to rob another Get N Go on Louise Avenue less than two hours later.

Firearms And Black Hills History

Jun 18, 2014

Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Deadwood, and Ivan Hovland, a volunteer at the Adams Museum and Deadwood History for almost 20 years, present "Firearms and Black Hills History" during Friday's Picnic on the Lawn at noon Mountain at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood.  Any study of western frontier history would be incomplete without some knowledge of the firearms the pioneers carried and used.  The intention of the presentation is to afford fleeting insights of the types of guns used in the settlement of the Black Hills.

The South Dakota House is discussing ways to deal with mental illness and guns. House Bill 1229 aims for mentally ill individuals to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Lawmakers believe this is a step in the right direction to ensure mentally ill individuals can't harm themselves or others with a gun. Republican State Representative Steve Hickey says he agrees with this bill.

A legislative committee splits on two gun bills before them on Tuesday. House Bill 1065 waives the $10 fee for conceal weapon permits and lawmakers defeat the measure.  Lawmakers pass House Bill 1066, which allows elected officials to carry a weapon for protection.

Opponents to House Bill 1066 say it opens up possibilities to more violence.  Proponents say the purpose is a defensive measure, not offensive.  Democrat Representative Karen Soli disagrees and says fellow lawmakers may not be properly trained. 

Victoria Wicks

Gun control and background checks have garnered national attention lately, but a group of shooters in Rapid City want to stay distanced from all that. They just like to shoot their guns. It’s a sport, and a passion, and these award-winning shooters tell you it takes years of practice to master the mental and physical discipline. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks goes to a shooting range to find out what draws these folks to shoot competitively week after week and year after year.

Mentally Ill People Keep Gun Rights In S.D.

Feb 19, 2013

By Victoria Wicks 

A bill to suspend gun rights of certain mentally ill people was killed in committee Wednesday. Proponents say potentially violent and mentally ill people should be added to the federal background check list of those who can’t legally buy or own guns. But bill opponents say mentally ill people should receive treatment and should not be subjected to restrictions on their constitutional rights.

Proposed legislation that took an extreme approach to defending Second Amendment rights in South Dakota was killed in committee Wednesday evening. Under House Bill 1222, any federal law that attempts to ban firearms, limit the size of firearm magazines, or impose other limitations is unenforceable in South Dakota. The bill also punishes law enforcement who might try to enforce the federal law limiting firearms. Representative David Lust says he understands not liking executive orders, but this isn’t the approach to take.

Second Amendment Lawsuit: What's The Cost?

Feb 14, 2013

By Victoria Wicks
A bill designed to be an affirmation of South Dakota’s second-amendment rights is on hold until the cost of the lawsuits to defend it can be determined. On the floor of the Senate Wednesday, a West River legislator says the law responds to hasty gun legislation after recent mass shootings.

State Of The Union Reaction

Feb 13, 2013

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota's Department of Political Science, talked about Tuesday night's State of the Union address by President Obama.  He discussed the issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans.  Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship and constitutional governance.