Three bills pertaining to gun ownership and usage of deadly force expected to fortify the Second Amendment protection for gun owners in the state of South Dakota were signed into law by Republican Kristi Noem earlier this week.
The laws contain restrictions for gun seizure and fee reductions for concealed-carry permits, together with clarification for the usage of deadly force used in self-defense.
The House Bill 1212 can be read as:
“A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if the person reasonably believes that using or threatening to use deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself, herself, or another, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”
Conversely, the legislation states: “A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this section does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is (1) Not engaged in a criminal activity, and (2) In a place where the person has a right to be.”
It is the result of the GOP’s attempt to fortify the Second Amendment soon after a recent shooting taking place across Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado – defying calls on the part of anti-gunners demanding more restrictions against law-abiding citizens.
The Democrats who are in control of both the House and Senate moved aggressively to tighten gun control bills by passing two bills in the House to exercise firearms background checks. In the Senate, the bills are expected to move beyond the 60-vote filibuster hurdle. The background check expansion laws would place additional restrictions on the sale or transfer of guns – only to law-abiding citizens.
NOT A WIN: HR8
The H.R. 8 – called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 – passed 227–203, with eight Republicans voting for it, and one Democrat voting against it.
There are added restrictions such as sales, gifts, and loans of firearms to be processed by a licensed gun dealer.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said to reporters, “I come from a gun culture and I’m a law-abiding gun owner.” At the same time, he states he is in support of background checks on sales of guns to people the seller doesn’t know.