The mayor of a California city is proposing a controversial ordinance: require his constituents to carry liability insurance if they own a firearm, and even consent to searches of their homes.
San Jose’s mayor Sam Liccardo is proposing that gun owners acquire liability insurance or pay a fee to cover taxpayers’ costs, such as emergency room care, that is associated with “firearm violence,” The Mercury News newspaper reported.
“Gun ownership is an inherently dangerous activity,” Liccardo told reporters.
San Jose, a city of approximately 1 million, is not safe, either: Mercury Newsreported in a January story that robberies, aggravated assaults, and burglaries caused a spike in crime rates in recent years.
Mayor Liccardo says he is taking action after a gunman armed with an AK-47-style rifle opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, killing three people and wounding several others.
Gilroy is located approximately 35 miles south of San Jose.
Alan Gottlieb of Second Amendment Foundation says the mayor’s push for liability insurance is a sneaky attempt to restrict gun ownership, since the mayor must know that insurance companies won’t write a policy for firearms in the home.
“And then nobody can own a gun. That's what they're doing,” he alleges. “It's a backdoor way in for a gun prohibition."
The push for liability insurance is not new, Gottlieb tells OneNewsNow, because anti-gun activists have introduced it at the state level and also in some cities.
According to the Mercury News story, Liccardo is also calling for sales taxes on firearms and ammunition; wants cash rewards to residents who turn in people who “unlawfully obtained” firearms; and wants the city to “explore” a program in which San Jose residents willingly allow law enforcement to search their homes for firearms.
According to Gottlieb, what San Jose is proposing is a de facto gun ban that means law-abiding citizens will lose their 2nd Amendment right to protect their families inside their own homes.
The criminals, meanwhile, he adds, don’t care about laws and don't take out an insurance policy.
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