Missouri lawmaker says bill requiring residents to own AR-15s makes ‘point on mandates’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker says he knows his legislation requiring every 18- to 35-year-old in the state to own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle has no chance of passing.

But Republican state Rep. Andrew McDaniel, of Deering, says he hopes that it and another bill he introduced help to “make a point on mandates in general.”

The second bill would require adults who can legally possess firearms to do so. Both bills would offer tax credits.

McDaniel says it “points out the absurdity of the opposite side,” and their proposals to “add more requirements and barriers for law-abiding citizens.” The former sheriff’s deputy says he decided, “let’s get back at them.”

No hearings on the bills are scheduled. McDaniel says if anything moves forward, he would focus on tax credits and strip out the other elements.

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