In early June, a federal judge overturned the state’s 30-year ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates Second Amendment protections for possessing weapons.
California has more restrictions on the books than any other state, but the mayor of San Jose wants to add ten more. California’s third largest city will, among other things, take a proposal to require gun stores to record audio and video gun sales, require proof of liability insurance for all gun owners and cover costs associated with gun violence. to impose a tax.
“With council approval San Jose will become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms, to encourage safe behavior from gun owners and to provide compensation to critically injured victims.” For,” Mayor Sam Licardo said. Crowds gathered on Wednesday near the site of the city’s latest mass shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority Railyard. “Second, San Jose will become the first US city to require gun owners to pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun violence.”
With four members of the city council, Liccardo’s plan still faces many obstacles, but is likely to be passed sometime in September. It also bans so-called “ghost guns” that are assembled without a serial number, requires a fingerprint to purchase ammunition and allows police to seize guns from owners who do not comply. .
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“Skeptics will say that criminals will not comply with any of these mandates,” Licardo said. “And they’re absolutely right. Of course, they won’t. Crooks don’t obey the law. That’s an important feature, not a flaw, of these proposals. Together, these rules are a constitutionally compliant way to enable law enforcement.” Create mechanisms to seize guns from high-risk individuals who are unwilling to comply with the law.”
Opponents have promised to sue.
“We have a pre-discharge law in the state of California that doesn’t allow him to get into the kind of gun control he’s trying to propose,” says Gun Owners of California President Sam Paredes.
“And we have something called a constitution that prevents him from doing some of the other things he’s trying to do.”
Paredes points to two of the latest court rulings against California’s gun control laws.
In early June, a federal judge overturned the state’s 30-year ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates Second Amendment protections for possessing weapons. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego said California’s definition of illegal military-style rifles is too broad and deprives law-abiding gun buyers of a weapon in most other states. The judges also lifted the state’s ban on high-capacity magazines.
Benitez issued a permanent injunction against enforcement, but put it on hold for 30 days, allowing the state to appeal, which he did on Thursday. Federal judges have also blocked a California law that requires background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines for people buying ammunition.
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Parades says, “When you think about buying a gun, when you buy a gun, you own it, use it, transport it, sell it, everything… they control everything.” then the state governs.” “We have a ten-day waiting period, an assault weapons ban, a magazine ban, ammunition background checks and registration, you can’t sell without going through a dealer. So, we control everything. And yet, these tragedies keep happening, which show that all these gun control laws, they all fail. They can’t stop mass shootings.”
Paredes takes special exception to a proposed tax imposed on legal buyers to pay the cost of gun violence. Liccardo puts the statewide price tag at $1.4 billion.
“The direct costs of gunshot-related medical treatment, police response, ambulances to transport and similar gun violence to California taxpayers have been an extraordinary burden on our taxpayers,” he said. “The Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to own guns, but it does not require that every other taxpayer pays for that right.”
Parades said courts have ruled that the government cannot impose financial preconditions on enumerated rights such as free speech, voting and the right to keep and bear arms. Gun sales hit an all-time high in 2020, with many buyers citing the prospect of new gun controls as their motivation.
Licardo’s 10-point plan was presented on Thursday for debate starting on June 16.