Missouri lawmaker files bills requiring some residents to own AR-15s, handguns

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A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to require adults in his state to purchase handguns and AR-15 rifles.

Two bills introduced by Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R) would require residents to purchase firearms while providing $1 million worth of tax credits on a “first come, first served” basis to residents who fall under the law.

The first bill, the McDaniel Second Amendment Act, would require all state residents aged 18 or older to purchase a handgun, while allotting $1 million per year in tax credits for residents to purchase a weapon to comply with the law. It was filed in late February.

The second bill, McDaniel Militia Act, was filed days after the handgun bill and would require Missouri residents ages 18-35 to purchase AR-15-style rifles, while providing a similar $1 million per yer tax credit for purchases.

While the bills do not specify any penalties for adults who refuse to comply with provisions, both bills stipulate that the state’s Department of Revenue can “promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.” The bills would sunset in six years if not extended by the state legislature.

It would not apply to felons or residents otherwise normally prohibited from owning firearms.

Both bills have received two readings in the Missouri House but have no hearings or further action scheduled so far, according to the state House’s website.