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Missouri lawmaker introduces bill that would require residents to own AR-15 semi-automatic rifles

Missouri lawmaker introduces bill that would require residents to own AR-15 semi-automatic rifles

A lawmaker in Missouri recently introduced a bill in the state House that would mandate virtually every adult Missourian own an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle by the end of next year.

Republican State Rep. Andrew McDaniel sponsored House Bill 1108, known as the McDaniel Militia Act, and presented it to his fellow lawmakers on February 28.

If it passes, the bill would require all adults ages 18 to 35 who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 by August 28, 2020.

McDaniel also introduced a separate House Bill two days before HB-1108 that would require state residents to own a hand gun. 

Republican State Rep. Andrew McDaniel (pictured) introduced House Bill 1108, dubbed the McDaniel Militia Act, on February 28

The bill would require all adults ages 18 to 35 who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 and grant them a tax credit for its purchase. Pictured is a file image of AR-15s

However it turns out both bills may actually be a form of political trolling. 

After the gun mandate legislation received national attention on Friday, McDaniel, a former deputy sheriff in Pemiscot County, told reporters he introduced the bills to start a conversation about gun mandates.

He insisted he never actually expected them to become law in their current forms. 

McDaniel told the Washington Post on Friday: 'The other side of the aisle loves mandates, so I'm trying to get them to make an argument against mandates. 

'I would never try to mandate anyone do anything against their will.'

As it's currently written, McDaniel's AR-15 bill would also grant Missourians with individual tax credits to purchase their firearms.

In a separate interview on Friday, McDaniel told Splinter that his real goal is for Missourians who want to purchase an AR-15 to receive a tax credit to buy one.

McDaniel told reporters on Friday that he never intended for his proposed bill to become law in its current form

AR-15 rifles at a gun shop. McDaniel wants Missourians who purchase an AR-15 to receive a tax credit to buy one

'I merely planned for media to write about it but would ultimately amend it to take out the mandates and requirements (age and type of gun) and turn it into a gun tax credit bill,' McDaniel wrote in an emailed statement. 

Missouri's gun rights debate has hit the headlines twice already this week.

On Monday, state lawmakers debated a separate measure that would allow concealed weapons to be carried in public places that currently ban guns.

On Tuesday, a top aide to a Missouri state senator was arrested after a bar fight at Spectator's Bar and Grill in downtown Jefferson City, Missouri during which the loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun he was carrying fell to the floor of the restaurant.

The St. Louis-Dispatch reports legislative staffer Jared Brown, chief of staff for State Senator Justin Brown, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and use of a loaded weapon while intoxicated after the incident.

The Missouri Democratic Party has seized on Brown's arrest to criticize state Republicans and their pro-gun rights legislative agenda.

'From alcohol-fueled bar fights, to advancing legislation that would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon anywhere from bars to daycares, to mandating gun ownership with a tax subsidy for gun manufacturers, the Missouri GOP rarely wastes an opportunity to embarrass themselves or our state,' the Missouri Dems said in a written statement to the Washington Post.

'Republicans should regroup during the spring legislative break and come back ready to do real work that moves Missouri forward,' the group added.

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A rising country music star has died in an alleged accidental shooting with a gun that was being used as a music video prop. 

Justin Carter was 35 years old when he was killed at his apartment in Houston, Texas, on Sunday. Very few details about his death have been revealed. 

The singer had recently signed a deal with Triple Threat Management.

'Justin had a potential, in our eyes and a lot of people's eyes, to be the next Garth Brooks,' company spokesman Mark Atherton told ABC 13

Atherton said the gun used in the accidental shooting was the same one that was slated to be used for a music video shoot. 

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Rising country music star Justin Carter was killed in an accidental shooting at his apartment in Houston, Texas, on Sunday. The singer was 35 years old

Very few details about Carter's death have been released, but one source said that he was killed by a gun that was going to be used in an upcoming music video shoot 

Loved ones said Carter spent a lot of time recording music at Enclave Recording Studios in northeast Houston and was finishing up his new solo album when he died. 

He had released at least six songs since late 2018, including hits Wouldn't Know and RUN. 

Triple Threat Management intends to release the rest of his music, with the proceeds going to his family, including his young daughter.  

Carter's mother, Cindy McClellan, told ABC 13: 'His music was his world. He was always there for everybody.'  

The family has asked Veterans Affairs to cover expenses for the former service member's funeral, a post on his Facebook page says. 

Funding approval could take several weeks so relatives have asked for donations to be sent to beehere04@gmail.com. 

Carter had recently signed a deal with Triple Threat Management and was finishing up his first solo studio album. He is seen above in one of his music videos

According to his website, Carter 'fully committed' to having a career in country music last year and had written, produced and recorded more than 30 songs in the span of six months. 

He was scheduled to perform at three shows in 2019. 

'Justin is a Texas born and Texas raised country boy to his core,' his website says. 'His passion and drive stem from being influenced by some of the greats since he was just a child. 

'He grew up listening to Waylon, Hank, George and Jones. Some of his favorites are Clay Walker, Garth Brooks and George Strait. 

'Justin's passion is derived from the sound of old country, and he clings to that feeling he gets when he hears it and tries to push that into his music. 

'Times are changing and so are the generations taste in music, but Justin tries to keep a happy medium between both old and new to satisfy everyone.'

According to his website , Carter 'fully committed' to having a career in country music last year and had written, produced and recorded more than 30 songs in the span of six months

A company spokesman said: 'Justin had a potential to be the next Garth Brooks.' The country music legend - one of Carter's favorite artists, is seen above in November

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Wendy Williams' husband Kevin Hunter said that the family is 'dealing with' the talk show host's residency at a sober house to battle addiction issues - amid a new report indicating that he's still linked to a massage therapist 14 years his junior.

The 54-year-old talk show host 'is doing well,' Hunter, 47, told Entertainment Tonight of his wife of 22 years on Thursday, two days after Wendy revealed on her program, The Wendy Williams Show, that she's been living at a sober house to stave off feelings of addiction.

'We're doing well as a family,' Hunter said, adding they're 'moving forward with working on her sobriety and doing the work to help others, not just ourselves,' likely alluding to the 888-5HUNTER hotline the couple set up to those struggling with addiction. 

The latest: Wendy Williams' husband Kevin Hunter, 47, said that the family is 'dealing with' the talk show host's residency at a sober house to battle addiction issues. He was snapped with the TV host, 54, last summer in NYC 

'Anybody that has to deal with this knows this a family process,' said Hunter, who remains romantically linked to a 33-year-old massage therapist named Sharina Hudson. 'And we are dealing with it and moving forward.'

Sources told DailyMailTV Wednesday that Hunter remains involved with Hudson despite the toll it continues to take on Williams, who was sidelined from her show earlier this year as she dealt with thyroid problems linked to Graves’ disease.

While Hunter 'is in love with Sharina', he's resisted her repeated overtures for him to leave Williams, citing their financial dependence on the TV star.

'The only reason he is still with Wendy,' a source told DailyMailTV, 'is because he and Sharina can't take care of themselves - they need her money. Sharina has given Kevin several ultimatums over the years and he's had to point out, "We can't afford to take care of ourselves."'

Two-timer: Hunter remains romantically linked to a 33-year-old massage therapist named Sharina Hudson, sources told DailyMailTV, as the two were pictured together in this shot 

Out and about: The couple was snapped in their native NYC in 2012

Bold: Williams on Tuesday revealed she was living at a sober house to stave off feelings of addiction 

Williams, who is also managed by Hunter, told him, 'Don't you dare humiliate me' after confirming her husband's infidelity via a private eye she hired, DailyMailTV confirmed.

The charismatic media veteran told her fans on the emotional broadcast about her daily routine as she strives to keep clean.

'After I go to the Pilates, I go to several meetings all around town in the tri-state area,' she told her studio audience. 'I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to the home that I live in, here in the tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family ... I know, either you are calling me crazy or the bravest woman you know. I don't care.' 

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