San Jose Approves Nation’s 1st Mandatory Gun Liabililty Insurance, Annual Fees

San Jose Approves Nation’s 1st Mandatory Gun Liabililty Insurance, Annual Fees

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the San Jose City Council approved first-of-its-kind gun control measures. The first would requires every gun owner have liability insurance coverage for their firearms. The insurance could not legally cover intentional harm caused by a gun owner. READ MORE: The second requires gun owners to pay an annual fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun-related injuries and death, including police and medical services. San Jose is the first city in the country to pass such measures. The new laws are part of a gun control plan Liccardo unveiled earlier this month following the mass shooting by a disgruntled Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employee at a light rail yard in San Jose. “It’s also the case that while the Second Amendment certainly protects the right to own a gun it does not mandate that we subsidize as taxpayers the possession of these guns,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo during the virtual meeting. READ MORE: Liccardo said gun liability insurance is akin to car insurance insofar as it encourages responsible gun ownership, storage and use. He said the fees would be modest – potentially between $25-$30. “We know that crooks aren’t going to get insurance. Of course, they’re not,” Liccardo said. “So, when a police officer responds to a domestic violence call and asks the question that every officer asks which is ‘Are there any guns in the home?’ at that time the officer […]

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