On Tuesday, February 25 the San Jose City Council removed Mayor Liccardo’s “Gun Harm Reduction” priority from the Priority Nomination List. Before announcing the removal of his priority the Mayor noted the meeting was filled with citizens who wanted to discuss this egregious issue. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting, called and emailed their opposition to the City Council.
The priority would have penalized law-abiding gun owners for owning a lawful product by forcing them to pay an unknown fee (tax) and/or purchasing insurance to cover the city’s cost related to the criminal misuse of firearms. In addition to these unspecified costs, the Mayor's stated goal would be "behavior modification". This not-so-innovative idea has been tossed around for several years not only last year in California but with Congress in 2013 and 2015.
Taxing and requiring insurance will do nothing to reduce gun violence. Instead it will increase the costs on law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights. Additionally, this is clearly a ploy by the Mayor to raise money for the city as even the budget implication listed on this nomination states, “If implemented, the proposal will result in a net gain to the General Fund.”
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