Quick Legal Facts
Not an issue.
The possession of a "dangerous weapon," which can include a knife, on school grounds by someone not licensed is prohibited.
Major Cities with Knife Ordinances:
Not aware of any.
South Dakota is a very friendly jurisdiction for knife owners. The State does not restrict the possession or sale of any type of knife. Moreover, a person is permitted to carry a knife either open or concealed. At one time, automatic knives were prohibited in South Dakota; however, that law was repealed in 2006.
Knives are defined as dangerous weapons in South Dakota. SDCL 22-1-2. However, that definition is relevant to certain statutes only, such as laws that prohibit concealment of weapon with intent to commit felony or that restrict possession of weapons in a courthouse. SDCL 22-14-8; SDCL 22-14-23.
There are no prohibited knives in South Dakota.
Not an issue. There are no general limitations on the carrying of knives concealed or openly carried.
No. South Dakota does not have a statewide knife preemption law. But for that omission, South Dakota would be an ideal knife law state. In the absence of a statewide knife preemption statute, knife owners in South Dakota are advised to check with local municipalities for ordinances that regulate knives.
In 2013, the state of South Dakota implemented a school sentinel program, which allows for certain persons trained and licensed to have weapons on school grounds. 13-64-1. The possession of a “dangerous weapon,” which can include a knife, on school grounds by someone not licensed is prohibited.