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 Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
South Dakota Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source:
South Dakota Concealed Pistol Permits (Source: South Dakota Secretary of State)
South Dakota Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Pistol Permits (Source: South Dakota Secretary of State)

South Dakota Hunting Rules & Regulations

Hunting in South Dakota (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)
South Dakota Hunting Regulations (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)
South Dakota Hunting and Fishing Licenses (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)
South Dakota Online License System (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)
South Dakota Hunter Education (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)

South Dakota Shooting Ranges

South Dakota Public Archery and Shooting Ranges (Source: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

South Dakota Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

South Dakota NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

South Dakota State Firearm & Hunting Associations

South Dakota Gun Shows and FFLs

South Dakota Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
South Dakota Gun Shows (Source:
South Dakota FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
South Dakota Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

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

South Dakota Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source:
Gubernatorial (Source:
State Legislature (Source:
Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of Utah Public Officials (Source:

South Dakota Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings