South Dakota Ends its 48 hour waiting period

Argus Leader has this story:

Gun owners in South Dakota praised Gov. Mike Rounds on Friday for signing into law Senate Bill 70, which strikes the state's mandatory post-purchase 48-hour waiting period to buy a handgun.

The federal Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 requires an instant computer check of gun buyers through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Before SB70 was signed into law, only those people who had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon in the state were exempt from the 48-hour waiting period. Now, anyone who wants to buy a handgun - and passes the federal check - can walk out of a licensed dealer's shop with one.

"If you're a law-abiding citizen, I don't have a problem with it," said Matt Johnson of Viborg, a handgun owner who was attending the Sioux Empire Sportsman's Show on Friday. "What we have to do is get tough on criminals and give us law-abiding citizens a chance. There's already enough laws. We need to stop giving criminals a slap on the wrist, enforce the laws we have now." . . . .



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