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A city in California has approved liability insurance for gun owners, the first such measure in the United States as it seeks to reduce gun violence through stricter rules.

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday held a final vote to turn a proposal it has previously passed into law requiring gun owners in the city to carry the insurance and pay a fee, the Associated Press reported. The previous vote took place on 30 June 2021.

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“The proposals include two requirements for gun owners that no city or state in the United States has ever implemented: the purchase of liability insurance and the payment of annual fees to fund violence reduction initiatives,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wrote in a statement released by Los Angeles Times last week.

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 21: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks to the audience at the Watermark Conference For Women 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center on April 21, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Marla Aufmuth / Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2016)

SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 21: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks to the audience at the Watermark Conference For Women 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center on April 21, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth / Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2016)
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The mayor also predicted a subsequent legal storm from pro-gun advocates.

“Why should any city expose itself to lawsuits? Because now ordinary horrific reports of shootings across the nation do little more than provoke a performative parade of prayers and platitudes from Congress. Because problem-solving must be elevated above political positions,” he added.

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On Monday, Liccardo explained at a press conference that the proposal intends to better compensate firefighters and their families, as well as make it more difficult for people who are not willing to follow the rules to own a firearm, KTVU reported.

“While advocates for gun rights argue that gun owners should not pay a fee to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms,” ​​Liccardo said via the report, “Amendment 2 does not require taxpayers to subsidize people to own guns.”

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Weapons enthusiast Josue Perez launches an AR15 rifle at the LAX shooting range in Inglewood, California on September 7, 2016. / AFP / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP HISTORY OF VERONIQUE DUPONT – “Weapons Democrats Strike at Firearms Borders in California (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)
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The measure has been introduced several times in legislative state houses across the country, but this is the first time the bill has become law.

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“San Jose has an opportunity to become a model for the rest of the nation to invest in proven strategies to reduce gun violence, domestic violence and suicide and the many other preventable damage from firearms in our community,” Liccardo added to Los Angeles Times reported.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

The vote comes as San Jose has witnessed several mass shootings, the most recent of which was the May 26 mass shooting at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority train station, where an employee shot dead nine people and then killed himself. The following month, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to accept the gun owner’s responsibility.

Gun violence costs San Jose taxpayers a total of $ 40 million annually, Liccardo said in his statement.

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