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State of South Dakota. 2011 ‘Article VI, Section 24 of the South Dakota Constitution.’ Other Laws & Policies. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 1 April
State Right to Bear Arms in South Dakota
Article VI, Section 24 of the Constitution of South Dakota provides that "[t]he right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied."
There are no cases directly construing Art. VI, § 24. The Supreme Court of South Dakota has noted in dicta, however, that the state generally recognizes self-defense as a legitimate defense, citing Art. VI, § 24…