Updated 11:05 a.m. Wednesday
The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday night to require gun owners to carry liability insurance in what’s believed to be the first ordinance of its kind in the United States. The city council overwhelmingly approved the ordinance despite opposition from gun owners who said it would violate their Second Amendment rights and promised to sue. The ordinance follows a trend of other Democratic-led cities that have sought to rein in violence through stricter rules.
Gun owners would also be required to pay an estimated $25 fee, which would be collected by a yet-to-be-named nonprofit and doled out to community groups to be used for firearm safety education and training, suicide prevention, domestic violence services and mental health services.
“Tonight, San José became the first city in the United States to enact an ordinance to require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, and to invest funds generated from fees paid by gun owners into evidence-based initiatives to reduce gun violence and gun harm," said Liccardo in a news release. "Thank you to my council colleagues who continue to show their commitment to reducing gun violence and its devastation in our community."
In light of the newly passed ordinance, the Dhillon Law Group and the National Association for Gun Rights hosted a press conference today announcing its lawsuit filed late Tuesday night against the city of San Jose.
The ordinance is part of a broad gun control plan that Liccardo announced following the May 26 mass shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard that left nine people dead, including the employee who opened fire on his colleagues, then killed himself.