San Jose forces gun owners to bear the cost of gun violence after a mass shooting


Reuters / Peter Da Silva

Reuters / Peter Da Silva

Just five weeks after nine people were killed in the San Jose light rail yard massacre last month, the city took unprecedented gun control measures.

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night, the city council of San Jose gave the nation’s first approval confirming that gun owners would be forced to compensate taxpayers for the cost of the surge in gun violence. by San Francisco ChronicleGun owners in California’s third-largest city must take out gun liability insurance and pay an annual tax to help fund emergency response to gun-related phone calls.

In a news release prior to the vote on Tuesday night, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said: But we stop paying for it. It can also improve the care of victims and reduce gun-related injuries and deaths. “

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Voting took place a month after the age of 57 Conducted by Samuel Cassidy, an employee of the Valley Transportation Bureau The worst shooting in Bay Area history. On May 26, Cassidy shot and killed nine colleagues, and when police appeared, he pointed himself at the gun. After shooting Investigator found a rifle, Shotguns, handguns, and about 25,000 ammunition at gunman homes.

by ChronicleThe exact details of the gun tax have not yet been clarified. City officials do not accurately determine how much to charge gun owners each year, as academic research will determine the cost after calculating how much gun violence will be inflicted on the city.Mayor’s office Recently estimated The cost is about $ 442 million each year.

This move is expected to face legal issues from gun rights groups.

ABC7 is based on Sacramento The Firearms Policy Coalition has already announced plans to sue the city, but Mayor Likert sounded optimistic that his proposal was valid. “I’m sure we’re on the right side of the Constitution,” he said. “There are many smart lawyers and many organizations working with us.”

The new financial measure is the second round of gun control proposals enacted since the shootings last month. 2 weeks ago San Jose authorities have also passed a law requiring gun retailers Record all gun purchases on the camera to make it easier to track down the gun owner.

Riccaro celebrated new vote In a tweet on Tuesday night, Written by: “This is a groundbreaking decision to take action against gun violence.”

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