What are the details?
Missouri State Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R) this week introduced the "McDaniel Militia Act," which declares that "every resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15." The bill defines "residents" as those between the ages of 18-35 "who is not prohibited by law or court order from possessing a firearm."
Under the bill, state residents are given one year to purchase an AR-15 if they do not already own one.
"Every resident of this state shall own at least one AR-15. 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," the bill states. "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 offers a tax credit for residents who purchase an AR-15 in compliance with the law.
What did McDaniel say?
McDaniel, who is a former sheriff's deputy, told the Associated Press that he knows his bill has no chance of becoming law. Instead, he introduced the legislation to "make a point on mandates in general."
He said the bill "points out the absurdity of the opposite side," mocking gun control activists who advocate for "more requirements and barriers for law-abiding citizens."
McDaniel also recently introduced the "McDaniel Second Amendment Act," which would require all adults in Missouri who are legally eligible to own firearms to do so. McDaniel introduced both bills to illustrate his point about progressive mandates on firearms.