One Missouri lawmaker wants to build an army of AR-15 wielding citizens at government expense because, well, you tell me why a politician would want to arm citizens throughout history?
Two bills introduced by state Rep. Andrew McDaniel would require residents to purchase firearms while providing $1 million in 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 Missouri residents aged 21 or older to purchase a handgun. It also would allot up to $1 million per year in tax credits for residents who purchased weapons to comply with the law. The bill was filed in late February.
The second bill, the McDaniel Militia Act, was filed days after the handgun bill and would require Missouri residents aged 18 to 35 to purchase an AR-15. It also would provide a tax credit of up to $1 million per year to incentivize the purchase of weapons.
While the bills do not specify any penalties for adults who refuse to comply with the provisions, both stipulate that the Missouri 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.
They would not apply to felons or residents otherwise prohibited from owning firearms.
Oh I understand the excuse, the "well-maintained militia" part of a document written almost 250 years ago that also thought it was a great idea that black folk counted as 60% of a human being. Close as I can tell though, Missouri isn't a border state, so unless some really good magic act has a portal in Branson that needs to be protected from the Chitauri, this is just an effort to be an asshole with guns in a country with a lot of assholes and a lot of guns.
That's the best case scenario, of course. The worst one is raising an army just in time for Donald Trump to call upon it.
Up to you, dear reader, to consider what compelling Missouri's non-felon residents to all have AR-15s would lead to.