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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo argued that gun owners must purchase liability insurance, but acknowledged that criminals will not follow along.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Liccardo pointed out that car owners need to buy liability insurance in order to drive and said the idea makes sense because “taxpayers have subsidized gun ownership and the harms that accompany it.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“Direct costs of gun violence to California taxpayers — for ambulances, cops and emergency rooms — exceeded $1.4 billion last year, according to one study. While the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize the exercise of that right,” Liccardo wrote. “Courts routinely uphold the imposition of reasonable, nonobstructive fees or taxes on constitutionally protected activities, such as forming a tax-exempt nonprofit, selling a newspaper and purchasing a gun.”
The Democratic mayor goes on to note one of the problems with his proposal. “Of course, ‘the crooks’ won’t pay a fee or buy insurance; only law-abiding gun owners would. An insurance requirement at the point of sale, if purchased locally, would make it harder for some guns to get into the wrong hands.”
“If some gun owners can’t get insurance, then our proposal simply requires them to pay an annual fee to compensate taxpayers who have grudgingly borne the financial costs of gun violence,” @sliccardo said.https://t.co/EA2QzhM9Vk
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 26, 2019
San Jose mayor writes in Opinions: Why I’m requiring my residents to insure guns https://t.co/ppiqWi14xO
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 26, 2019
The mayor of San Jose, California, wants to require every gun owner in his city to buy liability insurance in order to subsidize the costs of gun violence, which are currently borne by taxpayers. https://t.co/sS8oEgQcDN
— The Trace (@teamtrace) August 26, 2019
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