San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Renews Calls For Mandatory Insurance, Annual Fees For Gun Owners Following VTA Shooting

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Renews Calls For Mandatory Insurance, Annual Fees For Gun Owners Following VTA Shooting

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – In the wake of the VTA mass shooting, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has reintroduced his proposal for mandatory gun owners’ insurance and an annual gun fee, in addition to other provisions. “With council approval San Jose would become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms. Second, San Jose would become the first U.S. city to require gun owners to pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun violence,” Liccardo at the makeshift memorial at City Hall that honors the nine fallen VTA workers who were shot and killed at the light rail yard on May 26. READ MORE: Liccardo first floated the idea of gun insurance following the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting in 2019 , where a gunman killed three people and wounded 17 others before ending his life. The mayor said the insurance would be “little to no extra cost” for some owners, since they would already have it as part of their homeowners policy. “And that way we can ensure that victims are compensated where there’s an insurable event. And of course, insurance companies will help us make gun possession safer,” said Liccardo. As for the proposed annual gun fee, the mayor is convening a team of experts to calculate the cost to San Jose taxpayers. In a written statement, the mayor’s office said gun violence in 2018 directly cost California’s […]

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