On June 29, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed ordinances requiring “every gun owner to buy liability insurance coverage for their firearms” and also to “pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the emergency medical and police responses to gun-related injuries and deaths,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Jose is the first city in the United States to enact such a radical — and preposterously unconstitutional — anti-gun stance.
Shortly before the vote, an organization called the Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation (PIRE) released a preliminary report stating that gun violence in San Jose costs the city approximately $442 million annually. Officials have yet to decide on the amount of the fee that legal gun-owners will now be forced to pay.
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Predictably, far-left Democratic mayor Sam Liccardo praised the measures and reportedly argued that gun-owners who refuse to comply with the new laws would have their weapons seized. Liccardo issued a statement reading: “While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership. We won’t magically end gun violence, but we will stop paying for it.” San Jose City Council debated the law on a Zoom virtual meeting. YouTube screen grab. Everything about the measures is tyrannical and counterproductive. The unprecedented ordinances are sure to be challenged in court by firearm rights groups. One such group, the Firearms Policy Coalition, has already planned legal action. The FPC put out a statement reading in part: All states and local governments […]