by Max Brantley
Gov. Dennis Daugaard followed through with his threats to veto two bills that would have loosened the state's gun laws.In South Dakota, a two-thirds vote is required to override a veto. In Arkansas, a simple majority is sufficient.
One bill would have allowed people to bring concealed handguns into the state Capitol. The other, the broader of the two measures, would have removed the requirement for concealed-carry permits. Neither bill passed with a large enough majority to overcome the governor's veto.
Daugaard said the state's existing concealed-permit law, which includes a $10 fee and background check, is fine as it is, and he flashed his conservative credentials to defend his decision.
In his veto letter to lawmakers, Daugaard said he was a member of the National Rifle Association. and quoted former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative firebrand, as saying that the Second Amendment right to bear arms was "not unlimited."