San Jose, California, is all set to become the first U.S. city to impose a regulation that requires most gun owners to make a payment of a fee and hold liability insurance.
On Tuesday night, Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement that the City Council had voted in support of both measures, the objective of which is to reduce the risk of harm due to guns and release taxpayers of the financial cost of gun violence.
The council forcefully approved the measures despite objections from gun owners, who threatened to file a lawsuit, stating that the measures would breach their Second Amendment rights.
The regulation still requires approval at a final reading later this month before it can come into effect in Silicon Valley city in August.
Liccardo said the funds raised from the fees will be carried into “evidence-based initiatives to reduce gun violence and gun harm.” According to the reports from Bay City News, the fee is supposed to be nearly $25.
In the meantime, carrying liability insurance is needed to push gun owners in San Jose to take precautionary measures, along with having gun safes, setting up trigger locks, and attending gun safety classes.
Gun Owners Without Having Insurance Will Not Lose Their Guns or Face Criminal Charges
However, gun owners who do not have insurance, will not have to lose their guns or face criminal charges under the new regulations.
Liccardo said, “Thank you to my council colleagues who continue to show their commitment to reducing gun violence and its devastation in our community.”
He said that the new rules will assist in forming a “constitutionally compliant path to mitigate the unnecessary suffering from gun harm in our community.”
He stated he wished other cities would “replicate these initiatives across the nation.”
Earlier, Liccardo suggested the measures in June, almost two weeks after a gunman deadly shot 9 co-workers at a light rail yard in San Jose before when he took his life himself in an event that led to making national headlines.
Not All Were Happy With the Outcome
SInce Liccardo celebrated Tuesday’s vote, not everyone looked pleased with the result.
The executive director of Gun Owners of California Sam Paredes stated that before the vote the panel would file a legal suit if the proposal becomes effective. He censured it as “totally unconstitutional in any configuration,” according to the report of The Associated Press.
Liccardo stated that attorneys had already volunteered to protect the city pro bono if any legal action is taken.