San Jose mayor proposes gun owners carry insurance and pay annual fee in wake of mass shooting

San Jose mayor proposes gun owners carry insurance and pay annual fee in wake of mass shooting

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks at a ceremony on Thursday, May 27, that honored the nine people killed in a mass shooting in the city. (CNN)Nearly two weeks after a gunman fatally shot nine coworkers at a San Jose light rail yard, the mayor of Northern California’s most populous city is proposing first-of-its-kind gun safety restrictions that would require gun owners in the city to obtain insurance and pay an annual fee to cover the cost of gun violence. While mass shootings draw much of the attention of gun violence, in the 13 days since the shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority facility , there have been eight additional shootings in San Jose, according to Mayor Sam Liccardo. Liccardo’s initiative, unveiled Tuesday, is aimed at providing care to injured victims and providing incentives for safer behavior. Some gun owners, he said, would already be covered through their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. ‘This is a horrific day for our city’: San Jose mayor on shooting 02:00 "If we cannot stop the horrors of gun violence in our cities, at least we’re going to have the public stop paying for it," Liccardo said at a press conference. "The Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to own guns but does not require that every other taxpayer pay for that right … requiring gun users to pay fees will help fund critical emergency medical and police response and reduce our taxpayers burdens." The proposal would require all gun and ammunition purchases […]

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