Proposed Missouri bill would require residents to own AR-15s

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

No, this is not the Onion.

Introduced by Bootheel Representative Andrew McDaniel, House Bill 1108 is called the "McDaniel Militia Act".

A Missouri lawmaker who's introduced measures that would force adults to own handguns and young adults to own AR-15 semi-automatic rifles said he's trying to make the point that mandates are bad and doesn't actually want to require gun ownership. The second bill would require adults who can legally possess firearms to do so. Tax credits would be provided to defray the cost of the weapon. "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".

In contrast to McDaniel's Militia Act, the handgun-focused bill specifies that Missourians purchase "a pistol, revolver, or other firearm created to be held in one hand that is capable of firing.22 caliber ammunition or larger".

Still, it's not clear what would happen to residents refusing to get strapped, as neither bill addresses penalties for those who do not dutifully go gun shopping.

HB1108, along with another bill that simply requires adults to legally possess a firearm and offers tax credits for doing so, "points out the absurdity of the opposite side" in the gun debate, whose gun control proposals "add more requirements and barriers for law-abiding citizens".

As it's now written, McDaniel's AR-15 bill would also grant Missourians with individual tax credits to purchase their firearms.

AR-15 rifles at a gun shop.

Still, experts estimate that the national average for gun ownership is twenty to thirty percent.

The proposed bill does not state if there will be any repercussions for residents who do not purchase an AR-15.

The bill does not now have any scheduled hearings.

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