San Jose Looks To Tax Legal Gun Owners, Confiscate For Failure To Pay

This is basically criminalizing the lawful ownership of firearms, all while actual criminals are the ones who commit the vast majority of shootings

San Jose to make gun owners carry insurance, pay into public fund

Gun owners in San Jose will soon have to pay for insurance to keep their firearms.

The San Jose City Council unanimously passed gun control measures Tuesday that will require all gun owners in the city to carry insurance and pay an annual fee to cover taxpayer costs related to gun violence, or risk having their guns confiscated. The city attorney’s office will return to the council in the fall with an ordinance for final approval.

San Jose could become the first city in the nation to pass such reforms.

“The council has made clear that while the Second Amendment certainly protects the right for every citizen to own a gun, it does not mandate that taxpayers subsidize that right,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference Wednesday. (snip)

According to numbers from nonprofit Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation—which Liccardo frequently cited leading up to the vote—between 2013 and 2019, San Jose residents paid a combined $441.9 million in gun violence-related costs.

Why not tax the criminals when they are caught rather than lawful gun owners who have not committed a crime? Because it is not about criminals, but about gun grabbing. You know that the insurance will be expensive, making it harder for law abiding citizens to own a firearm, leaving them exposed to the actual criminals.

You know that is a huge bunch of mule fritters, right? The vast majority of those shot in San Jose see illegal firearms involved

San Jose residents phoned in Tuesday, with some gun control groups, such as Moms Demand Action, praising the measures.

“There is no one law or policy that will solve the public health crisis that is the gun violence epidemic,” said Jessica Blitchok, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action. “However, a holistic approach will reduce gun harm in San Jose and the greater community.”

A holistic approach? How about a legal approach? A Constitutional approach? Because the idea is to burden law abiding citizens

“The mandatory gun liability insurance puts a financial burden on a constitutional right,” said Owen, a caller who didn’t give his last name. “When a police officer comes on a call and they ask the question, ‘Do you have a firearm? Do you have insurance?’ You have to produce that. Seems kind of ridiculous.”

Oh, and police can ask

But with no official registry of gun owners either locally or federally, officials recognized that enforcement of the forthcoming taxes and insurance requirements could be difficult if not impossible. So, they said they would authorize any law enforcement officers to confiscate the firearms of any gun owner they stumble upon who does not provide proof that they have complied.

“Crooks aren’t going to follow this law,” Liccardo told reporters. “When those crooks are confronted by police and a gun is identified, and if they haven’t paid the fee or insurance, it’s a lawful basis for seizure of that gun.”

These same people are against asking illegal aliens for their papers, but, want law abiding citizens to provide their papers. This criminalizes those who are in lawful possession of a firearm, especially through California’s already draconian gun laws. Mayor Liccardo is calling crooks crooks, but law abiding people who refuse to pay his tax and get his insurance.

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3 Responses to “San Jose Looks To Tax Legal Gun Owners, Confiscate For Failure To Pay”

  1. Yoshi says:

    No worries. This fails the same test as the old newsprint tax. That was shot down in short order. Taxing a right was deemed unconstitutional and crushed out like a cigarette butt.

    • Professor Hale says:

      You say that as if modern democratic party activist judges and politicians care about being bound by the constitution or “laws”.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Nothing will happen. In America, guns are everywhere and there’s no stopping the killing and maiming. Anyway, there are only some 11,000 firearms associated homicides a year – and 20,000 suicides and less than 1000 accidental deaths. We can live with 30,000 deaths a year, given that gun ownership prevents millions of crimes per year (according to gitarcarver).

    Cars kill more people a year and they don’t even have their own Amendment! Covid has killed over 600,000 Americans in the past year and a half.

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