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South Dakota has long set the standard as the most Second Amendment-friendly state in the nation. We value freedom and personal responsibility. We know that our Founding Fathers created a government that recognized our God-given rights, including the right to protect ourselves, our families, and our freedoms.
Unfortunately, not everyone respects the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.
Recently, New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order suspending gun rights in Albuquerque and Bernalillo counties for at least 30 days.
Lujan Grisham classified the ban on Second Amendment rights as an emergency public health order and tied it to a violent crime threshold that is only met in the Albuquerque area. This ban applied to both open and concealed carry in nearly all public places. Violations of the ban are subject to civil penalties and fines of up to $5,000.
This is tyrannical and unconstitutional, and federal judges agree. A U.S. district judge has blocked a portion of a public health order that violates the Second Amendment.
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When politicians overstep their authority during a crisis, that’s when we lose our country. And that’s exactly what happened in New Mexico. If our country follows suit, we will lose the rights and freedoms for which our Founding Fathers fought and died.
Unlike many other states, South Dakota is a sanctuary for Second Amendment rights. In fact, the first bill I signed into law as governor guarantees that the Constitution applies to all law-abiding South Dakotans. We made South Dakota the first state to not impose fees on concealed carry permits and strengthened our “Stand Your Ground” law. There’s even a law that would stop Lujan Grisham from doing exactly what she tried to do in New Mexico. In South Dakota, state and local governments cannot use a state of emergency as a pretext to violate Second Amendment rights.
Legal gun owners take to the streets to protest New Mexico governor’s public health order
In April, I signed an executive order on stage at the National Life Institute’s Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum. This Executive Order protects against violations of South Dakota’s Second Amendment rights by financial institutions. The EO prevented state agencies from contracting with large banks that discriminated against the firearms industry.
Although the U.S. Constitution does not always use plain language, it is very clear when it comes to the right to protect oneself. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment could not be clearer.
In Federalist Paper No. 46, James Madison wrote, “No matter where derivatives may be found, ultimate authority resides only among the people.” This is expressed a little more simply in our state’s motto: “Under God, the people rule.” It’s time for liberal politicians to realize that their actions not only violate the Constitution, but also usurp the people’s ultimate authority as clearly outlined by the Founding Fathers.
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Unlike Gov. Lujan Grisham, South Dakota respects the God-given rights that our Founding Fathers risked their lives to secure. And if you’re looking to move to a state that values you, your way of life, and your freedom, South Dakota is the state for you.
In South Dakota, the God-given right to keep and bear arms shall not be violated.
Click here to learn more about government.Kristi Noem