South Dakota Senate Commerce & Energy Committee pass SB39

PIERRE, S.D. (SDBA) — The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee passed a bill, SB39, with an 8 to 1 vote, prohibiting homeowner associations (HOAs) from banning firearms and ammunition.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Michael Rohl, aims to prevent severe penalties imposed by HOAs on gun ownership, which can include fines and foreclosure.
The bill will be amended to include plats, maps or plans of land, in the prohibition.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Lee Schoenbeck plans to offer this amendment on the Senate floor.
Rohl emphasized the importance of allowing citizens in South Dakota to exercise their Second Amendment rights, citing the potential infringement by HOAs.
The only “no” vote came from Democratic Senate Minority Leader Reynold Nesiba, who raised concerns about balancing the right to carry firearms with the right to control private property.
Rohl argued that people should feel secure in their homes. He said in the absence of HOA security, homeowners have the right to protect themselves with firearms.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.