The Mayor of San Jose suggests gun owners get insurance and pay an annual fee after mass shootings
While mass shootings draw much attention to gun violence, there have been eight more shootings in San Jose in the 13 days since the shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority facility, according to Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Liccardo’s initiative, presented on Tuesday, aims to provide care for injured victims and provide incentives for safer behavior. Some gun owners are already covered by their household or tenant insurance.
“If we cannot stop the horrors of gun violence in our cities, we will at least make sure that the public stops paying for it,” Liccardo said at a press conference. “The Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to own guns, but does not require any other taxpayer to pay for that right … requiring gun users to pay fees will help fund critical medical and police emergencies and reduce the burden on ours To reduce taxpayers. “
The proposal would require that all gun and ammunition purchases be recorded on video and audio to prevent straw purchases from those who are not legally allowed to buy guns, he said. Suicide prevention materials are also required at points of sale.
Santa Clara County’s District Attorney Jeff Rosen said gun safety efforts will focus on strengthening and expanding restraining orders and intelligence programs that help identify illegal weapons in the hands of violent criminals.
Liccardo’s proposals also include the use of federal intelligence for early intervention after federal sources told CNN that the shooter was arrested in the shooting last month by customs and border guards who discovered books on terrorism and writings full of hatred of his workplace.
San Jose officials said the police were never informed of the stop or the writings. Rosen and Liccardo said they are continuing talks with federal agencies to understand the full scope and details of Cassidy’s previous incarceration.
According to CNN subsidiary KPIX, the executive director of Gun Owners of California, Sam Paredes plans to form a coalition with other gun rights groups to take legal action if the proposed measures go into effect.
Paredes told KPIX that the state’s preemption doctrine prevents local governments from enacting different gun laws.
“Without this, different communities could support their own laws on the purchase, sale, use and storage of firearms and all that. And law-abiding citizens from other parts of the state would break the law if they only go through some of these communities. “” Paredes told the broadcaster. “That’s why no other city has successfully done what the mayor is proposing.”
He believes it is unconstitutional to charge insurance and taxes for gun ownership.