House Bill 11-08 filed in February by southeast Missouri Representative Andrew McDaniel would require all adults in Missouri between the ages of 18 and 35 to purchase an AR-15 style rifle.
Missouri residents could be required to own an AR-15 if a new bill passes. Purchasers could then claim the tax credit on up to 75 percent of the gun's cost. "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". The incidents occurred after a House committee heard debate on legislation that would allow concealed weapons in public places that now ban guns.
On Tuesday, a top aide to a Missouri state senator was arrested after a bar fight at Spectator's Bar and Grill in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri during which the loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun he was carrying fell to the floor of the restaurant.
The bills from McDaniel, a former deputy sheriff in Pemiscot County, would offer tax credits for people purchasing firearms. It defines a "resident" as "a resident of the state who is 18 years or older and under 35 years old, who is not prohibited by law or court order from possessing a firearm". Instead, he introduced the legislation to "make a point on mandates in general". He said he decided, "Let's get back at them". The National Rifle Association didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Should the bill actually move forward, the lawmaker would strip out the other aspects of the bill and focus on the tax credits, Fox4KC reported.
But don't go bounding off to the hunting supply store yet: At this point, neither of McDaniel's bills have been assigned a committee, much less scheduled for a vote.
"I would never try to mandate anyone do anything against their will", he added.