Bill calls for all residents 21 and older in South Dakota to own firearm.

All South Dakotans 21 and older would be required to…

All South Dakotans 21 and older would be required to own a firearm as of Jan. 1 2012 under a bill introduced in the South Dakota Legislature.

But the chief sponsor of the bill said it has no chance of passing and he wouldn’t want it to, anyway.

Rep. Hal Wick, RSioux Falls, said he drafted the bill to make a point about the federal health-care law that was enacted last year.

All South Dakotans 21 and older would be required to own a firearm as of Jan. 1 2012 under a bill introduced in the South Dakota Legislature.

But the chief sponsor of the bill said it has no chance of passing and he wouldn’t want it to, anyway.

Rep. Hal Wick, RSioux Falls, said he drafted the bill to make a point about the federal health-care law that was enacted last year.

“The idea behind the bill is this is in response to the federal health-care bill,” Wick said. “To be honest with you, it won’t pass. It’s unconstitutional.”

Five legislators — three representatives and two senators — are cosponsoring House Bill 1237, which is tiled “An Act to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.”

Sens. Bruce Rampleberg, of Rapid City, and Tim Begalka, of Clear Lake, are co-sponsoring the bill along with Reps. Thomas Brunner, of Nisland, and Brock Greenfield, of Clark, and Wick. All five are Republicans.

Source: Tom Lawrence for The Daily Republic.

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  • General Jim M

    Got to be a little bit careful here.One of the arguements against Obamacare is that the government can’t tell you you must buy something.If you tell people they must buy a gun, that give’s Obama ammunition.Get it? Besides some people are incapable mentally to defend themselves,the badguy would just take their gun and shoot them.