Never thought I would see the day that I agree with Northside Davey

But he is absolutely spot on about this idiotic legislation (From KELO-TV);

A controversial gun bill making its way through the South Dakota legislature could shoot holes in policies designed to protect the public. 

HB1278 says no town, county or township can restrict where someone can carry a gun. And that’s not sitting well with some. 

The sign on the door at Sioux Falls’ City Hall says no firearms allowed. But if a new gun bill passes in the legislature, this sign and others on city property would have to come down. 

“To me, that’s not good legislation,” Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson said. 

Munson calls it a ridiculous bill that should be shot down. 

“My biggest problem is I really don’t think people should carry weapons on city property,” Munson said.

Including the Arena, where thousands gather for events. 

“What would happen if that goes off accidentally or on purpose?  You’d have a stampede that you wouldn’t believe,” Munson said. 

Sioux Falls has had an executive order banning weapons from city property since 1995. 

But supporters of the bill are locked and loaded ready to fight to make sure the bill passes.  Representative Don Kopp of Rapid City says it’s a constitutional right to carry a gun with a permit. 

“There’s no way in state law that a municipality or township or county have the authority to excerpt state law that was issued in 1983 that is designed to keep the gun law uniform around the state of South Dakota,” Kopp said.

Kopp says even the strongest gun laws in the world can’t stop someone from committing a crime. 

“The only people that do these types of things are people who aren’t going to bother to get a permit,” Kopp said. 

The bill already has won approval in the House on a vote of 46-20 and is now in the Senate.

The 2nd Amendment DOES give you the right to own and operate a firearm, but it DOES NOT give you the right to endanger others. This is simply a public safety policy. Remember in Atlanta a couple of years back what happens when people bring guns into a courtroom. This isn’t the wild west stop being hillbillies and get some real work done in Pierre.



10 comments ↓

#1 Ghost of Dude on 02.20.09 at 7:31 am

So far they’ve hit on abortion and guns, so I suppose the next bill will have something to do with getting God back in the schools. So predictable.
Here’s how I see it, from a guy who owns several firearms: Carrying a weapon into a courthouse, city hall, crowded arena, bar, bank makes you a moron – an irresponsible moron. Even off-duty cops won’t carry into a lot of places. Believing you need a firearm on you at all times to defend yourself against other people anywhere in SD makes you a moron, unless you wear a badge.

#2 l3wis on 02.20.09 at 7:37 am

Exactly. I wish Munson would have gotten as worked up about it as he does when he is yelling at me during council meetings.

#3 Warren Phear on 02.20.09 at 8:12 am

What if I feel the need to pack heat while out walking my dog? Never know when Fido might run across a rabid skunk or other such critter within city limits.

Where does the right to pack heat stop?

#4 Ghost of Dude on 02.20.09 at 8:53 am

If you’re in the city limits, discharging your weapon is still illegal, unless it’s in self defense against another person apparently.
Your right to openly pack heat goes for anywhere that doesn’t say otherwise. No permit needed.

#5 l3wis on 02.20.09 at 8:55 am

Just in city/public buildings (city hall, courthouse, carnegie hall, etc). If you have a concealed weapons permit, you can carry it almost anywhere in SF except those places. I don’t think it is a bad policy.

#6 Ghost of Dude on 02.20.09 at 10:39 am

Yeah, you can carry nearly anywhere, but you can’t go all Yosemite Sam on Phillips avenue and shoot your pistols in the air. Those bullets come down somewhere, and they can still hurt someone.

#7 l3wis on 02.20.09 at 12:10 pm

I prefer Dirty Harry over Yosemite Sam.

#8 Steve Olson on 09.13.10 at 6:46 pm

We don’t need any more gun laws. There is something like 8000 (or is it 80,000) gun laws on the books as it is. Enforce the laws we have and there wouldn’t be a problem. I had a very good e-pal in Australia. She lived in the outback and was retired from the Aussie C.I.A. A real babe and a brain on top of it. She could match your best hunting or fishing story every time. Australia has a gun ban. Although it’s flexible cause you can still blast a crocodile or wild animal. I once asked her if gun law stopped violent crime in Australia. No, just more stabbings is all.

#9 Steve Olson on 09.13.10 at 6:53 pm

I agree people who carry guns in courthouses, concerts, etc. are stupid. When I lived in Arizona and New Mexico it was common to see ranchers or others who lived in the outdoors carrying a side arm on their hip in the grocery store. I don’t blame them cause there’s wild animals out there. Rabies & such. Course leaving it in the car is an option also but whatever. Carrying a piece while walking Fido isn’t a bad idea. Rabid animals don’t acknowledge city limit signs.

#10 Steve Olson on 09.13.10 at 7:09 pm

I’m originally from South Dakota but have lived in Albany, New York for 10 years and love it! For no other reason more simple than the winters are a cake walk. Even in the Adirondacks it’s still like South Dakota blizzards in late March or April. It ain’t gonna’ last long. But on gun control or guns in general this part of the state is really paranoid. I recently mentioned I’d like to go back to South Dakota and go hunting. “Hunting! Hunting what!” Everybody automatically thinks something bad. When I say pheasant I also spend half an hour explaining what a pheasant is. So anymore I just shut-up. You gotta’ forgive them tho’ cause is Albany is only a 3 hour drive from New York City where some people actually believe meat is grown in freezers. Unfortunately a lot of U.S. think of New York State as New York City. Not true. The Adirondacks population feelings about hunting are about the same as South Dakota or other western states.

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