PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a measure that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send the bill to the full chamber.

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It’s currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit. Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield, the bill’s sponsor, says people are being asked to “lease back” their constitutionally protected right to bear firearms.

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South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association lobbyist Richard Tieszen says the group believes the limitations that exist today under the permit process are reasonable.

Former Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a constitutional carry bill in 2017, but new Gov. Kristi Noem offered support for such a law during her campaign.

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