23-7-7. Permit to carry concealed pistol--Background investigation--Carrying pistol without permit not prohibited.

A permit to carry a concealed pistol must be issued to any applicant by the sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides. The permit must be valid throughout the state and must be issued pursuant to § 23-7-7.1. For purposes of verifying the qualifications of an applicant, prior to issuing a permit, the sheriff shall execute, and the applicant shall pass, a background investigation, including a computer check of available on-line records and a check utilizing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The issuance of a permit to carry a concealed pistol under this chapter does not impose a general prohibition on the carrying of a pistol without a permit.

Source: SDC 1939, § 21.0107; SL 1972, ch 145, § 1; SL 1985, ch 190, § 8; SL 2002, ch 118, § 4; SL 2018, ch 140, § 1; SL 2019, ch 113, § 6; SL 2022, ch 69, § 2.