A lawmaker in Missouri recently introduced a bill in the state House that would mandate virtually every adult Missourian own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle by the end of next year.
Republican State Rep. Andrew McDaniel sponsored House Bill 1108, known as the McDaniel Militia Act, and presented it to his fellow lawmakers on February 28.
If it passes, the bill would require all adults ages 18 to 35 who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 by August 28, 2020.
McDaniel also introduced a separate House Bill two days before HB-1108 that would require state residents to own a hand gun.
Republican State Rep. Andrew McDaniel (pictured) introduced House Bill 1108, dubbed the McDaniel Militia Act, on February 28
The bill would require all adults ages 18 to 35 who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 and grant them a tax credit for its purchase. Pictured is a file image of AR-15s
However it turns out both bills may actually be a form of political trolling.
After the gun mandate legislation received national attention on Friday, McDaniel, a former deputy sheriff in Pemiscot County, told reporters he introduced the bills to start a conversation about gun mandates.
He insisted he never actually expected them to become law in their current forms.
McDaniel told the
‘I would never try to mandate anyone do anything against their will.’
As it’s currently written, McDaniel’s AR-15 bill would also grant Missourians with individual tax credits to purchase their firearms.
In a separate interview on Friday, McDaniel told
McDaniel told reporters on Friday that he never intended for his proposed bill to become law in its current form
AR-15 rifles at a gun shop. McDaniel wants Missourians who purchase an AR-15 to receive a tax credit to buy one
‘I merely planned for media to write about it but would ultimately amend it to take out the mandates and requirements (age and type of gun) and turn it into a gun tax credit bill,’ McDaniel wrote in an emailed statement.
Missouri’s gun rights debate has hit the headlines twice already this week.
On Monday, state lawmakers debated a separate measure that would allow concealed weapons to be carried in public places that currently ban guns.
On Tuesday, a top aide to a Missouri state senator was arrested after a bar fight at Spectator’s Bar and Grill in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri during which the loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun he was carrying fell to the floor of the restaurant.
The Missouri Democratic Party has seized on Brown’s arrest to criticize state Republicans and their pro-gun rights legislative agenda.
‘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 Dems said in a written statement to the Washington Post.
‘Republicans should regroup during the spring legislative break and come back ready to do real work that moves Missouri forward,’ the group added.