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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Minimum Age to Purchase & Possess in South Dakota.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 February

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Minimum Age to Purchase and Possess in South Dakota

South Dakota law prohibits any person under age 18 from knowingly possessing a handgun. This prohibition does not apply if the minor has the consent of the minor's parent or guardian to possess a handgun and:

- Is in the parent's or guardian's presence;
- Is on premises owned or leased by the minor or his or her parent, guardian or immediate family member;
- Is in the presence of a licensed or accredited gun safety instructor; or
- Is using the handgun for farming, ranching, hunting, trapping, target shooting or gun safety instruction.

There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in South Dakota. South Dakota only prohibits transfer of a firearm or ammunition to a minor if the seller knows or reasonably believes that the minor intended, at the time of transfer, to use the firearm or ammunition in the commission or attempted commission of a crime of violence…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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