South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday signed legislation that repeals all concealed carry permit fees in the state.

"Three years ago, I took a bold stand by signing constitutional carry into law to ensure there were no barriers between South Dakotans and their rights," Noem told Fox News Digital. "This week, I took the step to remove a financial barrier. It shouldn't cost you a penny to exercise your Second Amendment rights. Government exists to protect our rights, not profit from them."

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action said the measure, Senate Bill 212, "reduces the cost of South Dakota carry permits to $0."

"SB 212 allows those who wish to use South Dakota’s reciprocity agreements with other states to do so and not be heavily burdened by what is essentially a tax on their right to self-defense," the NRA-ILA wrote.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Noem recently signed other measures into law that strengthen gun rights for residents of the Mount Rushmore State, including Senate Bill 195, which clarifies the state's Stand Your Ground law, and House Bill 1162, which provides an updated definition of "loaded firearm."


A school teacher during a firearms course at Flatrock Training Center in Commerce City, Colo, Aug. 10, 2019. (Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images)

Under South Dakota Statute 23-7-7, which took effect July 1, 2019, any individual 18 years of age or older who can legally possess a firearm under state and federal law may carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota without a permit.

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Gov. Kristi Noem at the Reagan Ranch in October 2021 (Young Americas Foundation)

South Dakota is one of 24 constitutional carry states in the U.S. The concealed carry permit fee change is set to take effect on July 1, 2022.