San Jose to make gun owners carry insurance, pay into public fund

San Jose to make gun owners carry insurance, pay into public fund

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo introduced numerous local gun control measures on June 8, including requiring gun owners to have liability insurance. Photo by Lloyd Alaban. Gun owners in San Jose will soon have to pay for insurance to keep their firearms. The San Jose City Council unanimously passed gun control measures Tuesday that will require all gun owners in the city to carry insurance and pay an annual fee to cover taxpayer costs related to gun violence, or risk having their guns confiscated. The city attorney’s office will return to the council in the fall with an ordinance for final approval. San Jose could become the first city in the nation to pass such reforms. “The council has made clear that while the Second Amendment certainly protects the right for every citizen to own a gun, it does not mandate that taxpayers subsidize that right,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference Wednesday. The measures are part of sweeping gun control reforms Liccardo has been working on for almost two years. He first introduced the idea of gun owner insurance in 2019 after the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival . The plan was shelved in 2020 due to the pandemic. Liccardo revived his gun control measures just weeks after the mass shooting at a VTA rail yard . The city already passed one of his plans two weeks ago, which requires all purchases at gun shops to be video and audio recorded . According to […]

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