Lawmaker Submits Bill To Mandate That Citizens Own An AR-15
Jefferson City, MO – A state legislator has introduced two bills that would require Missouri residents to buy a handgun and an AR-15 type rifle.
Missouri House Bill 11-08, sponsored by State Representative Andrew McDaniel, would require all adults between the ages of 18 and 35 who are legally permitted to own a firearm to have one, WTSP reported.
The McDaniel Militia Act would also create a 75 percent tax credit, capped at $1 million, to help defray the cost of purchasing the gun.
Under the legislation proposed by McDaniel, residents would have one year to purchase the weapon, if they don’t already have one, after the law goes into effect on Aug. 28, 2019, WTSP reported.
“Every resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15,” HB 11-08 reads.
The bill was not McDaniel’s first attempt to build up the armories of the residents of his state.
Two days before he introduced HC 11-08, he introduced the McDaniel Second Amendment Act which "requires every person 21 years of age or older who can legally possess a firearm to own a handgun,” Riverfront Times reported.
That bill specified that all legally-authorized Missouri residents over 21 would be required to own "a pistol, revolver, or other firearm designed to be held in one hand that is capable of firing .22 caliber ammunition or larger."
Neither bill addressed penalties for qualified residents who refused to or failed to purchase the weapons, according to Riverfront Times.
However, the legislation said the Missouri Department of Revenue can "promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section," according to The Hill.
Both bills have had two readings in the Missouri State House, but neither bill has been assigned to a committee yet, and so no hearings on it are scheduled in the immediate future.
If passed, the legislation would sunset in six years unless the legislature voted to reauthorize them, The Hill reported.