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    Possibly moving

    Hello South Dakota my name is Fire Suppressor and I am currently living up in Seattle with the possibility of maybe moving to South Dakota late this year. I am trying to figure out basic OC laws and how well the practice is excepted there, along with any other advise or tips you feel relevant. I am proud to stand tall and call my self a conservative its time I get away from all theses coffee drinking Oboma voters. I'm hoping South Dakota could be a place I could fit in.
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    Hi,
    I can only speak for western SD, particularly the Rapid City area. OC is not illegal in SD; there are no state statutes addressing OC, just CC and specific places that weapons in general are not allowed.

    SD is very gun friendly in the sense that are very few restrictions aside from the federal background check. Many people own guns, they are easy to find and buy, and several well-known ammo manufacturers are based here.

    However, CC is much more common than OC. Aside from myself, I have seen only three others in the last few years OCing around Rapid. Many locals I've talked to know that OC is legal, but just don't care to do so. I don't really know why; South Dakotans are some the the friendliest and most polite people I've ever met, they may just be adverse to drawing attention to themselves or appearing to be confrontational. Also, many people who hold CCP's chose not to carry, OC or CC, because they perceive there to be very little violent crime in this area.

    I have not had any encounters with the police while OCing. I have had a few traffic stops while CCing. The cops I've dealt with have been exceedingly polite and professional. I know from personal communication that the chief of the RCPD is aware of the Open Carry advocacy movement nationwide, and that police are taught that OC is not illegal. YMMV

    Rapid City is actually fairly diverse, and many student and professionals have moved here from Denver and the coasts. If you get some bug-eyes or MWAGs, it will likely come these folks, or from the LEGIONS of tourists that we get in the warmer months.

    "West River" refers to the state west of the Missouri River, "East River" to places east. There are differences in politics, perception, industry, etc. between the two, with West River being more conservative/libertarian and East River being more democratic/liberal. Some say "West River is cowboy boots and wranglers and East River is overalls and straw hats."
    Last edited by petrophase; 01-11-2011 at 04:26 PM.

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    Thanks for your reply petrophase I have herd nothing but nice things about both the area and the people. I'm excited about the possibility of moving I don't know much about the state yet but from what I do know it looks like a good fit.
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    "West River is cowboy boots and wranglers and East River is overalls and straw hats."

    That is funny!
    I, to, hope to move there in a few years. Was planing on 2012 but with new EMS standards coming out it looks like it will be 2013 at the least. Love the State and count down the days till Aug.


    Can you carry in casinos? What about gas stations with slot machines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogeater f6 View Post
    "West River is cowboy boots and wranglers and East River is overalls and straw hats."

    That is funny!
    I, to, hope to move there in a few years. Was planing on 2012 but with new EMS standards coming out it looks like it will be 2013 at the least. Love the State and count down the days till Aug.


    Can you carry in casinos? What about gas stations with slot machines?
    As far as I know, there is nothing in the law the prohibits carrying in a casino. However, the casinos I go to (all in Deadwood) are all posted. Smaller casinos are often also bars, so carry might be illegal depending on how their revenue is split up.

    Hogeater - I hope you don't smoke, because somehow SD passed an extended smoking ban this Fall such that smoking is now verboten in casinos, bars and restaurants. I strongly suspect the majority of 'yes' votes came from East River...

    http://www.ksfy.com/Global/story.asp?S=13476603

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    Come on petrophase lol

    Quote Originally Posted by petrophase View Post
    As far as I know, there is nothing in the law the prohibits carrying in a casino. However, the casinos I go to (all in Deadwood) are all posted. Smaller casinos are often also bars, so carry might be illegal depending on how their revenue is split up.

    Hogeater - I hope you don't smoke, because somehow SD passed an extended smoking ban this Fall such that smoking is now verboten in casinos, bars and restaurants. I strongly suspect the majority of 'yes' votes came from East River...
    LOL stop haten East River.. Sioux Falls is pretty tame so far with OC. I know there is another guy here on the forum who OCs in sufu. I OC south of Sioux Falls and only one LEO encounter last summer. yes Sioux falls tries to be the "Big City" but its ok.
    Patrick Henry didn't say "Give me safety , or give me death". Liberty is what America is about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDSTEEL View Post
    LOL stop haten East River.. Sioux Falls is pretty tame so far with OC. I know there is another guy here on the forum who OCs in sufu. I OC south of Sioux Falls and only one LEO encounter last summer. yes Sioux falls tries to be the "Big City" but its ok.
    Maybe East River isn't quite so bad as I implied...but honestly, wouldn't you be more comfortable in San Fransisco, or Portland???
    jk
    Last edited by petrophase; 01-15-2011 at 11:34 PM.

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    East river sure is awful pretty tho! lol

    Ready for the smoking ban. I dont smoke but the ol lady smokes and was pi$$ed when I told her about it.

    dont remember seeing signs in deadwood. I really didnt look anyway.

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