A New York, New York-based organization reports spending some money in South Dakota recently to urge state senators to vote against SB 94 sponsored by Sen. Lance Russell, R-Hot Springs. The group Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund filed an independent expenditure report stating it spent $4,416.25 on telephone calls asking legislators to oppose SB 94. The senators were Republicans Terri Haverly of Rapid City, Blake Curd of Sioux Falls, Justin Cronin of Gettysburg, Kris Langer of Dell Rapids, Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, Jeff Partridge of Rapid City, Jim White of Huron and Jordan Youngberg of Madison. The Senate voted 27-7 to table, or kill, the legislation. It sought to repeal South Dakota’s law requiring people to obtain permits to carry concealed pistols. A similar measure is heading to the Senate from Rep. Lynne DiSanto, R-Rapid City, whose bill passed in the House.
FOOTNOTE: Sen. White said Thursday he didn’t receive any such calls.