|South Dakota governor vetoes bills trying to loosen gun laws
The Associated Press - March 17, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Republican governor has vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the conservative state.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes are sure to frustrate his GOP colleagues who passed the gun rights measures this session.
He had warned he would reject the bills - one to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit, and one to open up the Capitol building to concealed weapons.
The governor has said South Dakota's current gun laws are reasonable.
Supporters of the permitless carry bill have said they would try to override a veto - and if that's not successful, to come back again next year.
The governor also vetoed several other bills Friday.
Daugaard rejected a measure that would have allowed a court to put juveniles in Department of Corrections' custody if they presented a significant risk of physical harm to themselves. He says those situations are best dealt with by treatment or counseling.
He also dispatched a measure to reduce a fee that is mostly put into a telecommunication fund for the deaf.
The Legislature will return to Pierre on March 27 to decide whether to accept or override them.