SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Within the wake of the VTA mass capturing, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has reintroduced his proposal for obligatory gun house owners’ insurance coverage and an annual gun charge, along with different provisions.
“With council approval San Jose would turn into the primary metropolis in the USA to require each gun proprietor to have legal responsibility insurance coverage protection for his or her firearms. Second, San Jose would turn into the primary U.S. metropolis to require gun house owners to pay a charge to compensate taxpayers for the general public value of responding to gun violence,” Liccardo on the makeshift memorial at Metropolis Corridor that honors the 9 fallen VTA staff who had been shot and killed on the mild rail yard on Could 26.
Liccardo first floated the thought of gun insurance coverage following the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting in 2019, the place a gunman killed three individuals and wounded 17 others earlier than ending his life.
The mayor stated the insurance coverage can be “little to no additional value” for some house owners, since they’d have already got it as a part of their householders coverage.
“And that approach we are able to be sure that victims are compensated the place there’s an insurable occasion. And naturally, insurance coverage corporations will assist us make gun possession safer,” stated Liccardo.
As for the proposed annual gun charge, the mayor is convening a crew of consultants to calculate the price to San Jose taxpayers. In a written assertion, the mayor’s workplace stated gun violence in 2018 instantly value California’s taxpayers $1.4 billion.
“We’re cognizant, because the Second Modification dictates, so that we’ll not be imposing charges which can be so nice as to be prohibitive to possession. We would like a charge that may compensate taxpayers for the price of the whole lot from emergency rooms to police response,” the mayor stated.
Among the different proposals:
Ghost Weapons: San Jose would implement an ordinance to tighten loopholes in state regulation
Video and audio recording of gun purchases: to cut back “straw purchases” the place one social gathering buys a firearm for one more.
Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Public training marketing campaign, and improved regulation enforcement coaching, and sponsoring state laws
“Trying Out for One One other”: Create a public marketing campaign for community-based, crowd-sourced reporting of implied or express threats of violence
Sam Paredes, Government Director of Gun Homeowners of California, is forming a coalition of gun rights advocates to mount a authorized problem, if the town council passes ordinances for obligatory insurance coverage and annual charges.
“I strongly consider that Mayor Sam Liccardo is making an attempt to do issues he has no authority to do,” stated Paredes.
California’s longstanding pre-emption legal guidelines forestall the a whole lot of native governments from passing a patchwork quilt of differing gun legal guidelines, in keeping with Paredes.
“With out that, numerous communities might sponsor their very own legal guidelines governing firearms acquisition, gross sales, use and storage, and all of that. And regulation abiding residents from different components of the state can be breaking the regulation simply by passing by way of a few of these communities,” Paredes instructed KPIX 5. “That’s why no different metropolis has efficiently finished what the mayor is proposing to do.”
“It’s, we consider, very strongly unconstitutional for the federal government to require law-abiding residents who’re doing nothing greater than exercising their Second Modification rights to be required to have insurance coverage, or to be taxed, whereas they’re exercising that enumerated proper,” Paredes went on to say.
The mayor’s gun insurance coverage and charge proposal goes earlier than the Guidelines Committee subsequent week. If it passes, Liccardo’s proposal might transfer in direction of consideration earlier than the total San Jose Metropolis Council earlier than the top of June.