A bill recently introduced in the Missouri State House would require every state citizen to own an AR-15 rifle.
Missouri state Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R) recently introduced the “McDaniel Militia Act,” which says that “every resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15.” The bill defines “residents” as anyone between the ages of 18-35 “who is not prohibited by law or court order from possessing a firearm.”
Residents would be given one year to purchase an AR-15 or any semi-automatic rifle if they don’t own one already.
“Every resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15. Any person who qualifies as a resident on August 28, 2019, and who does not own an AR-15 shall have one year to purchase an AR-15,” the bill states. “Any resident qualifies as a resident after August 28, 2019, and does not own an AR-15 shall purchase an AR-15 no later than one year after qualifying as a resident.”
The bill also offers a tax credit for those who purchase an AR-15 in compliance with the law.
McDaniel, a former sheriff’s deputy, says he knows his bill has no chance of becoming law, but that he introduced the legislation to “make a point on mandates in general.”
He does hope, however, that the tax credit for purchasing firearms can be put into law.
McDaniel also recently introduced the “McDaniel Second Amendment Act,” which would require all adults in Missouri who are legally eligible to own firearms to do so. McDaniel introduced both bills to illustrate his point about progressive mandates on firearms.
He said the bill “points out the absurdity of the opposite side,” mocking gun control activists who advocate for “more requirements and barriers for law-abiding citizens.”
The premise, though, is not a new idea. There are municipalities in the U.S. that require gun ownership. Kennesaw, GA, requires “every head of household residing in the city limits […] to maintain a firearm,”