South Dakota senator introduces mandatory gun-ownership law

In a vivid display of what passes for irony in South Dakota lawmaking circles, five SD republican senators have introduced a bill requiring South Dakotans to buy a gun within six months of their twenty first birthday, because that's totally just the same as requiring Americans to buy health care:

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.

"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," he said.

Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun

(Thanks, Tim G, via Submitterator!)

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