Some confusion has arisen over House Bill 1079, introduced by state Representative Brian Gosh (R-32). The intent of this provision is to clean up South Dakota‚s firearm code and to remove provisions that became obsolete with the passage of the federal Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Such sales could occur, moreover, only if ‚the purchaser‚s State of residence permit[ted] such sale or delivery by law.‚ Thus, states around the country passed provisions specifically allowing their residents to buy long guns from FFLs in contiguous states.

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