The Armalite AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is one of the most commonly owned forms of firearm in the United States, and a new proposal from a Missouri House Representative could make the rifle even more popular in American communities.
Andrew McDaniel has proposed what he’s calling the “McDaniel Militia Act,” a law that would require every resident of Missouri between the ages of 18 and 34 to own an AR-15 style rifle. 75% of the firearm’s cost could be written off as a tax deduction under the law.
The law specifies that the requirement is only applicable to individuals not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law.
McDaniel’s long-shot legislation would be relatively unprecedented in the recent history of gun laws in the United States. He proposed another bill earlier this month requiring that every eligible adult in Missouri over the age of 21 obtain a pistol.
The title of the Militia Act suggests that the purpose of the bill is to create a well-armed civilian community throughout the state, possibly serving as a deterrent to terrorism, crime and the usurpation of rightful authority.
However, there’s reason to think McDaniel’s idea might not be the most effective way of creating a healthy and enduring gun culture in the state. The Second Amendment recognizes the people’s right to arm themselves, as opposed to requiring it. Requiring individuals unfamiliar with gun safety to own an AR-15 could lead to negative consequences.
A more realistic and beneficial policy proposal might consist in mandating gun safety courses in public high schools. Such courses would embrace the real meaning of gun safety in teaching people how to safely own and use guns, as opposed to the false progressive conflation of “gun safety” with gun control. Some Iowa school districts are already instructing youngsters in how to properly and safely exercise their Second Amendment rights, potentially averting tragic accidents and preparing the state’s youth to be responsible gun owners.
2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020
Gun grabbers take another L.
2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms.
In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020.
These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses.
Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws.
The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.
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