Up in arms over San Jose gun rules, activists promise lawsuits

San Jose Councilmembers Matt Mahan (left) and Raul Peralez stand with Mayor Sam Liccardo as he shares his thoughts on the VTA shooting on May 26. Photo by Vicente Vera Gun rights groups, instructors and activists say they’re outraged over San Jose’s proposed gun control ordinances —and they’ve promised to take the city to court if the measures become law. “The whole proposal is completely disingenuous. It fails to provide any proven solutions. It is blatantly unconstitutional,” said San Jose resident Dave Truslow, a National Rifle Association firearm instructor . “In the meantime, (Mayor Sam Liccardo) is hoping to bask in the sunlight.” On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed measures 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 weapons confiscated. The city attorney’s office will return to the council in the fall with an ordinance for final approval. Gun activists argue that mandating insurance violates the constitutional right to bear arms. They believe insurance and public fees will undermine the ability of low-income individuals to own a gun. Sam Paredes, executive director of gun rights policy group Gun Owners of California , promised last month that Liccardo would “have his rear end handed to him in a basket by a judge.” “We think that the mayor must have aspirations to be king or something because his proposals are not allowed under federal or state law […]

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