State lawmakers in South Dakota have introduced legislation that would require all residents aged 21 and over to purchase a firearm beginning in 2012.
This is nothing more than a stunt. Requiring someone to buy a gun is no more constitutional than requiring them to buy insurance.
Or is it? You see this is a state law, not a federal one. While the feds are prohibited from these over-reaching laws by the constitution, the states are not so long as they don't do anything otherwise prohibited. So the law may actually be legal.
Which is why the following quote actually makes the lawmaker look the fool:
"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," Wick told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.Anyway, I think it would be hilarious if it passed as is.