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Secretary of State Sees Steady Decrease in Conceal Carry Weapon Permits





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 5, 2018

CONTACT: Kristin Gabriel at (605) 773-3537 or Kristin.Gabriel@state.sd.us

Secretary of State Sees Steady Decrease in Conceal Carry Weapon Permits

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced the state saw a decline in new and renewed conceal carry weapon permits issued in 2017.

“New and renewed permits were at an all-time high in 2016, with over 30,000 permits processed during the year,” stated Secretary Krebs. “However, in the last 10 months the office has noticed a significant decrease in the number of pistol permits being processed.”

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office issues the permits after they are approved by the Sheriff in the county where the permit holder resides. County Sheriff’s offices across the state noted a decrease in applications in 2017.

Despite the fall in new and renewed permits, South Dakota has reached an all-time high in total active permits.

“In South Dakota one in six citizens that are eligible for a concealed carry permit currently hold a permit,” said Secretary Krebs.

Below are the figures for new and renewed permits for the past 10 months:
March – 2,921
April – 2,298
May – 1,939
June – 1,599
July – 1,331
August – 1,154
September – 1,034
October – 1,178
November – 1,090
December – 1,165

 

County

Active Permits as of 12/31/2017

Regular

Gold Card

Enhanced

Total

Aurora

406

1

2

409

Beadle

2,008

15

38

2,061

Bennett

337

0

7

344

Bon Homme

774

2

18

794

Brookings

3,004

12

191

3,207

Brown

4,308

20

143

4,471

Brule

738

6

34

778

Buffalo

83

0

0

83

Butte

1,763

5

16

1,784

Campbell

269

0

2

271

Charles Mix

966

0

42

1,008

Clark

579

2

54

635

Clay

940

0

70

1,010

Codington

3,003

7

186

3,196

Corson

299

2

2

303

Custer

2,074

4

83

2,161

Davison

2,225

6

44

2,275

Day

725

2

28

755

Deuel

580

1

29

610

Dewey

423

1

0

424

Douglas

396

1

8

405

Edmunds

609

2

8

619

Fall River

1,261

1

37

1,299

Faulk

358

0

2

360

Grant

851

0

40

891

Gregory

623

2

55

680

Haakon

334

1

3

338

Hamlin

873

2

39

914

Hand

601

2

9

612

Hanson

418

3

25

446

Harding

376

1

2

379

Hughes

2,106

8

95

2,209

Hutchinson

784

0

13

797

Hyde

247

0

3

250

Jackson

278

1

1

280

Jerauld

255

1

4

260

Jones

162

0

14

176

Kingsbury

803

1

11

815

Lake

1,249

9

68

1,326

Lawrence

3,588

21

63

3,672

Lincoln

5,867

5

276

6,148

Lyman

452

1

4

457

Marshall

499

4

16

519

McCook

778

1

9

788

McPherson

316

0

6

322

Meade

4,996

7

90

5,093

Mellette

179

0

1

180

Miner

285

0

1

286

Minnehaha

14,730

29

714

15,473

Moody

681

0

55

736

Oglala Lakota

437

1

14

452

Pennington

14,710

16

288

15,014

Perkins

584

1

1

586

Potter

393

0

0

393

Roberts

776

5

47

828

Sanborn

399

2

2

403

Spink

887

10

25

922

Stanley

485

0

9

494

Sully

304

0

15

319

Todd

427

9

10

446

Tripp

996

4

32

1,032

Turner

1,148

1

28

1,177

Union

2,041

1

85

2,127

Walworth

747

1

4

752

Yankton

2,178

4

65

2,247

Ziebach

226

0

1

227

Statewide Total

97,197

244

3,287

100,728

 

Total Active Permits by Month

12/31/2017 – 100,728
11/30/2017 - 99,695
10/31/2017 - 98,856
9/30/2017 - 97,529
8/31/2017 - 96,409
7/31/2017 - 95,140
6/30/2017 - 93,799
5/31/2017 – 93,438
4/30/2017 – 93,102
3/31/2017 – 92,915
2/28/2017 - 92,850
12/31/2016 - 96,047
11/30/2016 - 96,227
10/31/2016 - 95,089
9/30/2016 - 94,356
8/31/2016 - 93,993
7/31/2016 - 93,227
6/30/2016 - 92,361
5/31/2016 - 91,785
4/30/2016 - 91,136
3/31/2016 - 90,346
2/29/2016 - 88,995
1/31/2016 - 87,655 

Total New and Renewal Regular Permits Issued on a Yearly Basis since 2006:

2017 – 18,664
2016 – 30,029
2015 – 22,554
2014 – 18,656
2013 – 26,863
2012 – 17,160
2011 – 15,332
2010 – 14,839
2009 – 16,095
2008 – 13,838
2007 – 11,533
2006 – 11,763 

Total New Enhanced Permits Issued

2017 – 1,576
2016 – 1,460
2015 – 37

Total New Gold Card Permits Issued

2017 - 239

For more information go to: http://sdsos.gov/general-services/concealed-pistol-permits/  

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Attached: Krebs Headshot