2nd Amendment lawsuit filed against San Jose over gun ordinance

2nd Amendment lawsuit filed against San Jose over gun ordinance

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — Attorneys filed a lawsuit against San Jose claiming the city’s new gun owner ordinance violates its residents’ Second Amendment rights. Attorneys representing the Firearms Policy Coalition filed the complaint, Glass vs. City of San Jose , in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California this week. San Jose is the first city in the nation to require gun owners to pay a yearly fee and carry liability insurance. The lawsuit challenges the legality of San Jose’s ordinance. FPC attorneys argued that the mandate violates both the First and Second Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. San Jose’s gun-owner insurance requirement is a “demonstrable attack” on the right to bear arms, said FPC vice president of programs Adam Kraut. “Governments cannot run roughshod over the constitutional rights of their people simply because they do not care for the rights they choose to exercise,” Kraut said. FPC’s lawsuit seeks a judgment declaring the ordinance unconstitutional to prevent the City of San Jose from enforcing it. FPC attorneys asserted that San Jose’s ordinance will not improve public safety nor reduce gun violence. “It will only burden those who already follow all firearm laws. Even city officials admit that, ‘of course, criminals won’t obey insurance or fee mandates,’” the lawsuit states. “It is unfathomable to think that the elected officials of San Jose believed such an ordinance would survive a constitutional challenge, particularly when they admit that criminals will not obey the mandates contained within, leaving only […]

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