About the Study Guide

You are looking at the South Dakota Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Your state and local laws may include regulations on what is required to own a gun legally and restrictions that prohibit some persons from owning a handgun. Be sure you know the laws for your area.

To own a gun legally, make sure you know any legal requirements regarding:

  • Mandatory education
  • Age
  • Residency
  • Safe handling demonstrations
  • Shooting proficiency
  • Renewals

States and local areas often have laws stating that some persons are not allowed to own a handgun. These restrictions may include persons who:

  • Have committed certain types of crimes, including domestic violence.
  • Are convicted felons or charged with committing a felony.
  • Have been arrested for drug and/or alcohol abuse.
  • Are mentally impaired.
  • Are delinquent in paying certain debts such as child support.
Using a handgun to become a sportsman