Some legislators (we’ll use that term loosely today) in South Dakota introduced a bill requiring every citizen over age 21 to own a firearm.
Naturally, the legislation isn’t intended to force South Dakotans to arm up; it’s just meant to piss off people about government mandates.
State Rep. Hal Wick, one of the bill’s cosponsors, put it best: “Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”
Because what will really make people like government more is legislators introducing bills that they don’t even think (or hope) are constitutional, just to stick it to another group of legislators.
Huzzah, South Dakota! You win Democracy!
- South Dakota Lawmakers Push Bill for Mandatory Gun Ownership (politicsdaily.com)
- South Dakota Bill: Every Adult Must Own a Gun (newser.com)
- South Dakota Lawmakers Want Bill Requiring Gun Ownership (alan.com)
- South Dakota Lawmakers Propose Individual Mandate To Require Gun Ownership (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mandatory gun purchases in South Dakota? (washingtonmonthly.com)