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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn South Dakota, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 60.0%1
2002: 59.9%2
2001: 56.6%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In South Dakota, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 42.30%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn South Dakota, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 51.5%5 6
1991/2000: 61.0%
1981/1990: 58.6%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Dakota, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 897
2013: 80
2012: 84
2011: 71
2010: 75
2009: 75
2008: 83
2007: 52
2006: 77
2005: 82
2004: 77
2003: 76
2002: 61
2001: 54
2000: 56
1999: 73

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 10.437
2013: 9.46
2012: 10.07
2011: 8.61
2010: 9.21
2009: 9.29
2008: 10.39
2007: 6.57
2006: 9.83
2005: 10.57
2004: 9.99
2003: 9.95
2002: 8.03
2001: 7.12
2000: 7.42
1999: 9.73

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn South Dakota, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 207
2012: 20
2011: 25
2010: 17
2009: 31
2008: 20
2007: 15
2006: 21
2005: 22
2004: 24
2003: 16
2002: 22
2001: 18
2000: 14
1999: 23

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.377
2012: 2.40
2011: 3.03
2010: 2.09
2009: 3.84
2008: 2.50
2007: 1.89
2006: 2.68
2005: 2.84
2004: 3.12
2003: 2.09
2002: 2.89
2001: 2.37
2000: 1.85
1999: 3.06

Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Dakota, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 5
2006: 3
2005: 7
2004: 7
2003: 4
2002: 5
2001: 7
2000: 1
1999: 9

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 1.24
2008: 1.25
2007: 0.63
2006: 0.38
2005: 0.90
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.52
2002: 0.66
2001: 0.92
2000: 0.13
1999: 1.20

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 09 10
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 3
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 3
2004: 2
2003: 4
2002: 2
2001: 3
1999: 2
1998: 3
1995: 1

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0012
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.36
2010: 0.37
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.50
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.39
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.52
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.40
1999: 0.27
1998: 0.40
1995: 0.14

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 19 10
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 2
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 0
2002: 1
2001: 1
1999: 3
1998: 2
1997: 2
1996: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1212
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.37
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.13
1999: 0.40
1998: 0.27
1997: 0.27
1996: 0.27

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 29 10
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 4
2009: 1
2008: 7
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2412
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.49
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.88
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.13
1997: 0.13
1996: 0.13

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn South Dakota, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn South Dakota, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1477
2012: 141
2011: 128
2010: 140
2009: 129
2008: 124
2007: 102
2006: 125
2005: 121
2004: 112
2003: 102
2002: 94
2001: 105
2000: 95
1999: 103

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 17.407
2012: 16.91
2011: 15.54
2010: 17.20
2009: 15.98
2008: 15.52
2007: 12.88
2006: 15.96
2005: 15.60
2004: 14.54
2003: 13.36
2002: 12.37
2001: 13.85
2000: 12.59
1999: 13.73

Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Dakota, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 717
2012: 76
2011: 60
2010: 65
2009: 61
2008: 68
2007: 44
2006: 71
2005: 71
2004: 61
2003: 60
2002: 50
2001: 43
2000: 51
1999: 56

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.407
2012: 9.11
2011: 7.28
2010: 7.98
2009: 7.56
2008: 8.51
2007: 5.56
2006: 9.07
2005: 9.16
2004: 7.92
2003: 7.86
2002: 6.58
2001: 5.67
2000: 6.76
1999: 7.46

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn South Dakota, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 3613
2012: 47
2011: 33
2010: 28
2009: 21
2008: 34
2007: 22
2006: 33
2005: 28
2004: 24
2003: 23
2002: 21
2001: 20
2000: 18
1999: 19

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.2613
2012: 5.64
2011: 4.00
2010: 3.44
2009: 2.60
2008: 4.25
2007: 2.78
2006: 4.21
2005: 3.61
2004: 3.12
2003: 3.01
2002: 2.76
2001: 2.64
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Dakota, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 3213
2012: 28
2011: 25
2010: 37
2009: 38
2008: 30
2007: 21
2006: 36
2005: 39
2004: 35
2003: 34
2002: 24
2001: 22
2000: 28
1999: 33

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.7913
2012: 3.36
2011: 3.03
2010: 4.54
2009: 4.71
2008: 3.75
2007: 2.65
2006: 4.60
2005: 5.03
2004: 4.54
2003: 4.45
2002: 3.16
2001: 2.90
2000: 3.71
1999: 4.40

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn South Dakota, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Dakota, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 2
2006: 2
2005: 4
2004: 6
2003: 7
2002: 5
2001: 3
2000: 4
1999: 4

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.52
2004: 0.78
2003: 0.92
2002: 0.66
2001: 0.40
2000: 0.53
1999: 0.53

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn South Dakota, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Dakota, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn South Dakota, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn South Dakota, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 1
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 2
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 3

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.40

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn South Dakota, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn South Dakota, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn South Dakota, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn South Dakota, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Dakota, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 918
2010: 4
2009: 0
2008: 019
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 020
2000: 0
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0
1995: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from South Dakota at a rate of 14.821 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, South Dakota ranked at No. 2821 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in South Dakota is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in South Dakota includes the South Dakota Codified Laws and the Constitution of South Dakota 188923

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in South Dakota are regulated by the State of South Dakota24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In South Dakota, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In South Dakota, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986 and with few other exceptions,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In South Dakota, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In South Dakota, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In South Dakota, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with hidden handgun or purchase permit35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In South Dakota, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in South Dakota is 18 years for handguns (no minimum age for rifles and shotguns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in South Dakota stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In South Dakota, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In South Dakota, the law does not require (registration prohibited)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In South Dakota, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In South Dakota, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In South Dakota, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in South Dakota is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in South Dakota is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In South Dakota, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in South Dakota is reported to be

2015: 80346
2014: 81747
2013: 79848
2012: 74249
2011: 69150

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In South Dakota, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In South Dakota, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in South Dakota do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in South Dakota do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in South Dakota include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In South Dakota, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In South Dakota, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In South Dakota, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In South Dakota, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In South Dakota, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In South Dakota, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In South Dakota, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In South Dakota, private guns are prohibited in courthouses, bars (excluding restaurants),63 vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms)55 and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked South Dakota as ‘F’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in South Dakota on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 466
2010: 467
2009: 468
2008: 669
2007: 670

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked South Dakota at No. 3571 among 50 US States


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