AR-15 semi-automatic rifle

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Two bills would require Missourians to own firearms

One bill would require a handgun, and the other an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

March 15, 2019 - 11:06 am

JEFFERSON CITY (KFTK) — New legislation recently introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would require qualified state residents to own both a handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

House Bill 1052, presented Feb. 25 by Missouri Rep. Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering), would enact the “McDaniel Second Amendment Act” requiring Missouri residents who are at least 21 years old, and not prohibited by law or court order, to own a handgun.

House Bill 1108, introduced two days later, would institute the “McDaniel Militia Act.” The proposal states that any Missouri resident 18 to 35, who is not prohibited by law or court order to own a firearm, shall own at least one AR-15. Residents of the state before Aug. 28, 2019 would have one year to obtain one, and those who become residents following that date would have up to a year to also purchase one.

In addition to requiring gun ownership, the two bills would authorize tax credits to purchase the weapons.

As of March 15, both bills are waiting to be scheduled for hearings in the House.

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