San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo introduced Tuesday a proposed series of gun safety measures he said would crack down on a rise in gun violence.
The measures include a number of requirements for licensed vendors:
- All gun stores would have to make and keep video and audio recordings of every firearm or ammunition transaction.
- All gun store staff would be trained to question potential purchasers, on the audio recording, in compliance with a checklist provided by the San Jose Police Department in an attempt to cut down on "straw purchases."
- An annual inventory check would be required and any missing firearms or ammunition would have to be reported to the police.
- Stores would need to display information on suicide prevention.
The regulations would also prohibit the sale of any guns or ammunition within or from a residence.
Liccardo said much of this is aimed at preventing "straw purchases," in which a customer buys a gun for somebody else.
"Every gun that enters a community, even if it's through the black market, at one point started with a retail sale. And so if we can do something at that point, we can have an impact," he said.