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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

South Dakota gun laws allow concealed carry permits to be issued to residents only. There are exemptions for military personnel posted to the state. Permits are processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. Applicants must be at least 18 years or older. There are three permits available; Regular, Gold, and Enhanced. The Enhanced permit is to obtain more reciprocity and requires a firearms training course. Upon application the Sheriff will issue a temporary permit within 5 days. Open carry is legal without a permit.

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South Dakota is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

NOTE – three types of permit are available;
Regular – requires clean SD criminal record for five years.
Gold card – requires fingerprinting and a Federal background check.
Enhanced – requires fingerprinting, Federal background check and a firearms safety course.

  • Is eighteen years of age or older.
  • Has never pled guilty to, nolo contendere to, or been convicted of a felony or a crime of violence.
  • Is not habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
  • Has no history of violence.
  • Has not been found in the previous ten years to be a "danger to others" or a "danger to self" or is not currently adjudged mentally incompetent.
  • Has physically resided in and is a resident of the county where the application is being made for at least thirty days.
  • Has had no violations of firearms control, unlawful use of weapons, or controlled substances; marijuana, constituting a felony or misdemeanor in the preceding five years.
  • Is a citizen of the United States or legal resident alien.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • An establishment licensed to serve alcoholic beverages on the premises if the establishment derives more than 50% of its sales from alcoholic beverages
  • A county courthouse
  • An elementary or secondary school premises, including school vehicles or buildings
  • A snowmobile, unless firearm is unloaded and entirely enclosed in a carrying case
  • A game preserve or refuge
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on South Dakota Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Minnehaha County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 415 N. Dakota Ave

CitySioux Falls, SD 57104

Phone (605) 367-4300


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do you need a permit or a license to have a rifle in your car?


Sioux Falls resident – never owned a gun but would like to. Any recommendations on pistol safety courses?


Hi just curious for a friend he is a felon and has three DUIs can he own a gun or have one in his possession?


no. not unless the person gets the charges amended. if they were misdemeanor DUIs then yes he is still able to own a firearm, but as soon as it becomes a felony then not allowed to own guns or vote and im sure some other rights are lost.


He can vote if he is not incarcerated or on parole.

Joshua Yellow Cloud
Joshua Yellow Cloud


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Elk hunter

Absolutely not. A felony is an immediate disqualification for possession of any firearm


For “paper purpose” I am a resident of Box Elder, SD. However, I would say my wife and I are “Full time RVers”, 24/7/365. I understand that certain states and municipalities have their own laws regarding residential restrictions but what is the official residence laws regarding carry a handgun in your RV? Ty


first get permit to carry concealed, then know the laws of the area you are in. this can range from very gun friendly to states like NY and CA. Now having said this Rv;s to some LEO’s are Homes on wheels. So guns in a car might get you arrested and guns in your home are ok. in CA if you use a gun to defend your life you might end up in jail. even if your completely Innocent. So visiting these states can be very risky. But, we dont advertise that we have a gun right? so keep it… Read more »