Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm â€œsufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.â€
The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.
Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one â€œsuitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.â€
The measure is known as an act â€œto provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.â€
Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, is sponsoring the bill and knows it will be killed. But he said he is introducing it to prove a point that the federal health care reform mandate passed last year is unconstitutional.
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