Another Pierre juxtaposition:
Today in the House, Rep. Nick Moser (18-R/Yankton) spoke in favor of Senate Bill 146, which would allow individuals charged with prostitution to defend themselves by proving they are victims of human trafficking. In his brief remarks, Rep. Moser said, "Trafficking is the number three illegal enterprise in South Dakota, behind gun-running and drugs." Fascinating... especially considering that globally, trafficking drugs and humans generates much more black-market revenue that trafficking arms.
Meanwhile, our Senators were busy nullifying South Dakota's concealed weapons permit laws with HB 1248. Following the Senate's 22-11 vote, all we need is the Governor's signature to turn our drivers licenses into de facto concealed weapons permits.
So will HB 1248 make it harder for us to tackle South Dakota's surprisingly large gun-running industry?