San Jose mayor renews push for gun control after mass shooting

San Jose mayor renews push for gun control after mass shooting

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at a VTA light rail yard, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is doubling down on gun control measures. In July 2019, Liccardo, incensed by a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival , proposed an ambitious gun control plan: Make all gun owners in the city carry insurance —an idea that halted last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan made national news, and Liccardo penned an op-ed on gun insurance for the Washington Post. But the plan never materialized. Now he’s determined to try again. If his insurance proposal is any indication, Liccardo has an uphill climb ahead of him. That policy along with other measures proposed in 2019 were delayed due to funding challenges caused by the pandemic, including restricting purchases outside of gun shops, requiring purchases be recorded on video and mandating firearms safes for gun owners. Research on gun deaths has also been harder to come by due to medical privacy concerns. “I’ll aggressively push forward sensible gun control measures within my power and authority,” Liccardo told San José Spotlight on Thursday. He said that ultimately he’s looking for federal action on gun laws since action from the state and feds “severely restrains” the authority of cities to be able to protect their residents. The mass shooting happened Wednesday morning shortly after a union meeting at a VTA light rail yard in downtown San Jose. The gunman, 57-year-old VTA technician Samuel Cassidy, killed nine people before shooting […]

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