A Missouri lawmaker has proposed mandating ownership of AR-15 rifles as well as handguns.
Andrew McDaniel introduced House Bill 1108 in February. The bill titled the “McDaniel Militia Act” would require residents between 18 and 35 to own an AR-15 type rifle. It also provides for a 75 percent tax credit toward the purchase.
A similar bill introduced by McDaniel requires residents older than 21 to own a handgun if they are legally able to do so.
Neither bill has a hearing scheduled.
McDaniel says he doesn’t actually want the bills to pass. He’s trying to make the point that mandates are bad.
“The other side of the aisle loves mandates, so I’m trying to get them to make an argument against mandates,” McDaniel told the Associated Press.
“From alcohol-fueled bar fights, to advancing legislation that would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon anywhere from bars to daycares, to mandating gun ownership with a tax subsidy for gun manufacturers, the Missouri GOP rarely wastes an opportunity to embarrass themselves or our state,” the Missouri Democratic Party said in a written statement. “Republicans should regroup during the spring legislative break and come back ready to do real work that moves Missouri forward.”