Sen. Thune has spent decades fighting to defend the Constitutional right of South Dakotans to “keep and bear arms.” With South Dakota’s strong outdoor heritage, many depend on firearms to carry on this tradition.
Highlights of Sen. Thune’s Commitment to Protecting the Second Amendment:
- Introduced Legislation to Permit Concealed Carry Across State Lines:
- The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines in accordance with the laws of individual states that allow concealed carry.
- Such legislation would balance the Constitutional rights protected by the Second Amendment with the rights of each state to enforce its own laws regarding concealed firearms.
- Protected South Dakota Hunters From a Prohibition on Lead Ammunition:
- A portion of Sen. Thune’s bipartisan Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act was enacted and prohibits the EPA from regulating the lead content of ammunition.
- According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 95 percent of ammo currently manufactured is made with lead, meaning a prohibition would have a significant impact on the ammunition made available to hunters and sportsmen and women.
- Alternative materials, such as steel shot, are significantly more expensive than lead shot and can cost as much as 25 percent more per case.
- Protecting Military Families’ Second Amendment Rights
- Sens. Thune and Rounds introduced legislation to allow military spouses to purchase handguns in the state that their husband or wife is permanently stationed for duty.