Gun group threatens legal action over San Jose plan to require owners to pay fees, buy insurance

Gun group threatens legal action over San Jose plan to require owners to pay fees, buy insurance

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with other local and law enforcement officials outside the White House on Monday after meeting with President Biden to discuss reducing gun violence. Of a threat of legal action over the city’s plan to require gun owners to buy insurance and pay fees to cover the costs of gun violence to the city, Liccardo said Wednesday: “In the realm of sensible gun regulation, the gun industry and their lawyers ensure that no good deed goes unlitigated.” A firearms group says San Jose’s plan to require gun owners to buy insurance and pay fees to cover the costs of gun violence to the city is unconstitutional and will be challenged in court unless it is withdrawn. The proposed ordinance is “a discriminatory tax that singles out citizens exercising their constitutional rights” to possess firearms, lawyers for the National Foundation for Gun Rights said Wednesday in a letter to Mayor Sam Liccardo and City Council members. In response, Liccardo said in a statement, “In the realm of sensible gun regulation, the gun industry and their lawyers ensure that no good deed goes unlitigated.” The City Council voted unanimously June 28 to draft an ordinance that would order gun owners in San Jose to obtain insurance and pay an annual fee to subsidize police responses, ambulances, medical treatment and other municipal expenses related to shootings, injuries and deaths. It would be the first such law in the nation. Liccardo said the annual fee would probably amount to […]

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