Mo. legislator introduces bills requiring adult residents to own guns

Mo. legislator introduces bills requiring adult residents to own guns

Gun Rights

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. 35 year-old Andrew McDaniel, a state representative from southeast Missouri, has received global attention for a bill he’s introduced called the "McDaniel Militia Act" that would require every person in the state between the ages of 18 and 35 to own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He also has a second measure, the "McDaniel Second Amendment Act", that would require everyone over the age of 21 to own a handgun. McDaniel did not return our phone and e-mail messages on Monday, but after the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand involving semi-automatic weapons that killed 50 people, the Washington Post quotes McDaniel as condemning the event as "horrible" and pointing out that he should have known that the media would shine a light on his legislation after the tragedy. Even as New Zealand’s government announced it would be enacting new gun laws restricting semiautomatic weapons within the next week, McDaniel clarified to the Post that he didn’t technically support his own bills as they were written, but does support the tax credits for firearm purchases that is also included in the bills. The former sheriff’s deputy called the part about requiring everyone to own a gun just a tactic to bait the left, telling the Post "I wanted the media and the other side to jump on it, to show that our Second Amendment rights are under attack. I don’t actually support mandates, hardly ever." If that law were to pass, no one would benefit more […]

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