Yes. You read that title right. Yesterday, the San Jose, CA city council voted and approved an ordinance that would require gun owners to pay a $25 yearly fee just to own the firearms they already legally own. On top of that, it would require gun owners to have liability insurance.
Supposedly, this is to “incentivize safer behavior and ease taxpayers of the financial burden of gun violence.”
The Democrat Mayor stated that San Jose residents incur about $442 million in gun-related costs each year. “Certainly the Second Amendment protects every citizen’s right to own a gun. It does not require taxpayers to subsidize that right.” via CNN.
Okay, so just doing some simple math here, but you’ve got $442 million in gun-related costs each year. As of 2019, San Jose has a population of 1.028 million. According to the website World Population Review, 28.30% of the residents in California are gun owners. That comes to an estimated 290,924 gun owners in San Jose, CA. Charge those gun owners $25 a year, and that nets you $7,273,100. That doesn’t really put a dent in the “$442 million” that the mayor says is incurred every year.
Why would anyone have to pay a yearly fee to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights? Or any other rights, for that matter? Would you be okay with paying $25 a year for the freedom of speech?
And then there’s the second part, requiring all gun owners to carry liability insurance. I’m all for concealed carriers having some type of legal protection such as USCCA. But this isn’t something that should be required.
With the fees and costs of insurance, that could be enough to price someone out of owning a gun. What if they simply cannot afford it. So then they just don’t get to exercise their 2nd Amendment right? That just doesn’t seem…right.
The National Association of Gun Rights has already stated they will be taking this to court if passed. This ordinance must be approved next month and, if approved, will go into effect in August. Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights and executive director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, told CNN:
“If the San Jose City Council actually votes to impose this ridiculous tax on the Constitutional right to gun ownership, our message is clear and simple: see you in court.”