GOP House Rep. Andrew McDaniel recently put forth a bill would mandate citizens of Missouri to become owners of AR-15 firearms; the bill itself is called the “McDaniel Militia Act.”
Reviewing the McDaniel Militia Act
The McDaniel Militia Act comes with a series of regulations. First and foremost, the success of the legislation would require Missouri citizens to purchase an ArmaLite-based AR-15 within one year. This requirement also applies for people who are becoming residents of the state. The legislation would furthermore reward those who comply with the bill by giving out tax credits. Under the McDaniel Militia Act, citizens of Missouri could only sell an AR-15 if they had another one within their possession.
An excerpt from the legislation reads as follows:
“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. 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.”
Is this Real?
As some might expect, the McDaniel Militia Act is not truly real. As a matter of fact, Rep. McDaniel himself does not believe the legislation will make it through Congress. Instead, his goal is to make a point about mandates and shine a light on the ridiculousness of “the opposite side” which often calls for gun control mandates like it’s nothing.
At the end of the day, there is a lesson in the McDaniel Militia Act and that lesson is this: extremes are never good. Mandating people to give up their guns and their Second Amendment rights falls on one end of the spectrum while mandating ownership of guns and controlling which guns people may sell falls on the other end of the spectrum. At the end of the day, Americans deserve the right to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
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