South Dakota Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for South Dakota Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact South Dakota gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to South Dakota can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

South Dakota State Constitution

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring and protecting property and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The right of petition, and of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good and make known their opinions, shall never be abridged.

All political power is inherent in the people, and all free government is founded on their authority, and is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right in lawful and constituted methods to alter or reform their forms of government in such manner as they may think proper. And the state of South Dakota is an inseparable part of the American Union and the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.

South Dakota Gun Laws

South Dakota Hunting Rules & Regulations

South Dakota Shooting Ranges

South Dakota Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

South Dakota NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

South Dakota Gun Shows and FFLs

South Dakota's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

South Dakota Elected Public Officials

South Dakota Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

South Dakota State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings