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House bill would mandate gun ownership in South Dakota

By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 7, 2011 in Politics
Sioux Falls - South Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill in response to President Obama's federally mandated health insurance proposal that would require adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others by owning a firearm.
The legislation proposed by Republican Representatives Hal Wick, Thomas Brunner, Brock Greenfield and Senators Bruce Rampleberg and Tim Belgaka has received mixed reviews from South Dakota residents.
The Bill states:
Not later than January 1, 2012, each citizen residing in the state of South Dakota who has attained the age of twenty-one years shall purchase or otherwise acquire a firearm suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and personal preference sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.
Section 2. After January 1, 2012, each citizen residing in the state of South Dakota shall comply with the provisions of this Act within six months of attaining the age of twenty-one years.
Section 3. The provisions of this Act do not apply to any person who is disqualified from possessing a firearm pursuant.
The Republican sponsored 'gun bill' takes a satirical stab at the individual mandate for health insurance included in President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which was ruled unconstitutional this week by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, as reported by Digital Journal.
Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader, "he 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."
Not everyone in South Dakota agrees with Wick, reported KSFY. "I think it's a big waste of money and I think we should be spending money on more important things than passing this," Kyle Collins said. Wicks response: "it's not a waste of time if we can stop this bill."
Politico reported: South Dakota lawmakers aren’t the only ones who proposed a gun-ownership mandate to scare off supporters of the health care requirement. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said after the Federal Judge ruling Monday, if the health care mandate is ultimately declared constitutional, “then Republicans should turn around and mandate all citizens be forced to purchase a gun and a Bible.”
“There’s a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than everyone having to own health insurance,” she said
The gun bill will be heard by South Dakota's Legislature on February 16 when it goes before the House Committee.
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