San Jose will make all gun owners in city pay for costs of gun violence

San Jose will make all gun owners in city pay for costs of gun violence

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks during a news conference honoring nine people killed by a co-worker in San Jose, Calif., on May 27, 2021. In the wake of the VTA rail yard mass shooting in May, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed two first-in-the-nation gun control measures that are already creating controversy. One measure requires all gun owners to obtain liability insurance for their firearms, and a second measure requires all gun owners in the city to pay an annual tax that would go towards emergency services responding to gun-related calls. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said the measure is an attempt to compensate taxpayers for the costs of gun violence. “While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership," the mayor said in a statement. "We won’t magically end gun violence, but we stop paying for it," he continued. Licccardo estimated that the liability insurance fee would be between $25 and $30, and compared it to car insurance. The mandatory gun ownership tax amount has not been determined, but Liccardo’s office estimates that gun violence costs the city’s taxpayers $442 million annually. Gun owner groups in the state are furious and plan to take legal action. “We feel it is clearly unconstitutional for the government at any level to charge some sort of a fee before somebody can exercise an enumerated, constitutional right,” Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said in a statement […]

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