South Dakotans push for a new individual mandate: Buy a gun 

Five state legislators in South Dakota have introduced a bill that would require all state residents over the age of 21 to purchase a firearm that is “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference…[and]  sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The lawmakers admit that the gun bill probably won’t make it through the legislature, but say they introduced it to demonstrate the absurdity of the individual mandate in Obamacare, which was just ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Florida.

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not,” Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, the bill’s main sponsor, told the Argus Leader. 

 

“But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”

 

 

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