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Record Number of Concealed Weapons Permits in 2008





for immediate release

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Contact:  Chris Nelson

605-773-3537

chris.nelson@state.sd.us

www.sdsos.gov

 

Pierre, SD – Secretary of State Chris Nelson announced that a record number of concealed weapons permits were issued in South Dakota in 2008.

 

15,029 permits were issued by sheriffs throughout the state which was 16.9% more permits than the previous record of 12,855 issued in 2006. 

 

Any person wishing to carry a weapon in a concealed manner must first obtain a permit from their local sheriff.  A concealed weapons permit also allows the holder to avoid a waiting period when purchasing a handgun. 

 

South Dakota has concealed weapons permit reciprocity with 23 other states allowing South Dakota permit holders to have their permits recognized when traveling in those states.  A complete listing of the reciprocity states can be found at www.sdsos.gov. 

 

There are 49,870 concealed weapons permit holders in South Dakota.

 

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