A new bill slated to reach the floor of Missouri’s state legislature would require adults aged 18 to 34 to own at least one AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle.
The effort is being led by state representative Andrew McDaniel, a Republican. House Bill No. 1108 states that “[e]very resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15,” KATU 2 reports.
The bill would establish the “McDaniel Militia Act,” which would require those aged 18-34 not legally prohibited to possess a firearm to own a semi-automatic rifle that is modeled on the AR-15 design by ArmaLite, Inc.
The bill, should it pass, would require residents who qualify to purchase an AR-15 by August of next year.
“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. 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 states, via KATU 2.
The Miami Herald reports the Missouri lawmaker leading the charge does not actually want the bill to pass or for residents to be forced to purchase a rifle. He is sending a message to Democrat lawmakers that these sort of across the board mandates, which are usually pushed by those on the Left to ban all firearms, are wrong.
“The other side of the aisle loves mandates, so I’m trying to get them to make an argument against mandates,” McDaniel, who represents Deering, said to the Miami Herald.
Here’s more, from the Miami Herald:
The bills from McDaniel, a former deputy sheriff in Pemiscot County, would offer tax credits for people purchasing firearms. One bill would require any adult who is legally allowed to legally can possess firearms to do so. The other bill would require everyone who is 18 to 35 years old to have an AR-15. Under federal law, people must be at least 21 to buy handguns from a licensed dealer and at least 18 to buy a rifle.
McDaniel said people need to be able to protect themselves, particularly in rural areas where a single deputy may be patrolling a large geographic area. McDaniel said the legislation “points out the absurdity of the opposite side,” and their proposals to “add more requirements and barriers for law-abiding citizens.” He said he decided, “Let’s get back at them.”
He said no outside group is helping him with the legislation. The National Rifle Association didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the report, there are no current hearings or votes schedules for the bill and McDaniel said “of course” it would not pass “as is.”
“I would never try to mandate anyone do anything against their will,” the Republican said.
The text of the entire bill can be seen below: