San Jose, Calif., is set to approach nation’s first gun ownership requirements

Silicon Valley City Council is due to vote Tuesday on the ordinance, whose two-pronged approach aims to reduce the risk of firearm injuries by incentivizing safer behavior and relieving ratepayers of the financial burden of the armed violence.
“Certainly the Second Amendment protects the right of every citizen to own a firearm. It does not require taxpayers to subsidize that right,” Democratic Mayor Sam Liccardo said Monday at a press conference. estimating that San Jose residents bear about $442 million in gun-related costs. every year.
The San Jose City Council, after the June mass shooting, unanimously approved the drafting of the ordinance, Mayor’s spokeswoman Rachel Davis said in a news release Monday. If approved on Tuesday and at second reading on February 8, it will enter into force on August 8.
Just 52% of Americans polled at the end of 2021 said “gun sales laws” should be tougher, the lowest number Gallup has measured on the issue since 2014. Meanwhile, there is a direct correlation in states with weaker gun laws and higher rates. gun deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental murders, according to a study released Thursday by Everytown for Gun Safety.

A gun advocacy group has threatened to press charges

Under the San Jose bill, gun owners would be charged an annual fee of $25 paid to a nonprofit organization created to distribute funds to gun crime prevention and victims of armed violence. The measure would also require gun owners to purchase liability insurance that would cover damage caused by their gun.

Lower bounties for those with completed gun safes, trigger locks and gun safety courses should incentivize safer behavior.

As far as law enforcement goes, police coming across gun owners would ask for proof of insurance, much like they do with car insurance at traffic stops, Liccardo explained.

While some would be exempt, including those in law enforcement and with concealed carry permits, pushback is expected, the mayor acknowledged.

“We have opposed this order every step of the way and we will fight it all the way,” Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights and executive director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, told CNN in a statement. a statement. .

“If the San Jose City Council actually votes to impose this ridiculous tax on the constitutional right to own guns, our message is clear and simple: go to court,” Brown said.

The National Foundation for Gun Rights sent a cease-and-desist letter to Liccardo and the 10 council members in July saying it intended to file suit as soon as the ordinance passes. . The group was responding to a June 29 council action in which “you voted unanimously for the city attorney to research and draft an ordinance that would impose mandatory fees on gun owners and compel them to purchase firearms liability insurance,” the letter reads.

San Jose has identified a law firm that will represent the city on the matter at no cost, the mayor’s spokesperson said.

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