Castle Doctrine does need some work,,,,the silly law can't carry in a restaurant where alcohol is consumed & sold,,,no weapons on college campus,,,no concealed carry to pay events,,funerals,,parades & drop the law inform a approaching LEO....how does he/she know if its concealed properly.....Just a few with many more
I am not entirely happy with our SD laws//Castle Doctrine, but can live with them. And, I think trying to change them would open a can of worms that could cause a backlash...
Things that should be on the forefront (in large part because they are relatively easily proven feasible with data/experience of other states): allow carry in restaurants where alcohol is served so long as no consumption of alcohol, changing the no carry where admission is paid, funerals, parades.
I would NOT change the inform LEO requirement, though I might alter it a bit. (I think notification is good idea, at least in the realm of traffic stops, and have yet to have a problem from an officer after notification).
Just my $.02
Keep in mind, the current "required to notify" law only applies to law abiding citizens who have a concealed handgun permit and are armed at the time with a concealed handgun. Criminals aren't required to notify, nor are law abiding citizens who are carrying openly.
In my humble opinion, any law on the books that doesn't directly make a harmful act illegal should be disposed of. By harmful, I mean anything that would violate another person's rights. Now before you come up with crazy scenarios to argue that point, I'll state that there are always exceptions. I believe, however, that this is a crucial starting point.
Does it hurt anyone else for me to carry my firearm in a bar? No. At a funeral? No. In a movie? No. Does it hurt anyone else for me to drink while carrying? No. In cases like that, I think there should be muchharsher punishments for those who choose to drink while armed and end up hurting someone in the process, BUT there's no reason I shouldn't be able to have a beer and be equipped to protect myself at the same time.
All of the other restrictive gun laws are useless and need to be changed based on the fact that the possibility of me hurting someone or violating their rightsin any situation is not automatically increased simply because I happen to be armed. It's already a crime to hurt people, shoot people, or threaten people, unless you're defending yourself or someone else.