San José set to become 1st city in U.S. to require gun liability insurance
The San José City Council voted Tuesday night to require gun owners to carry liability insurance and pay an annual $25 fee per household.
Why it matters: The city in Silicon Valley, California, is the first in the U.S. to vote in favor of adopting a law "requiring gun owners to have insurance coverage for their firearms, and use fees paid by gun owners to invest in evidence-based initiatives to reduce gun harm," per a statement from San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.
- The council approved a draft of the ordinance last year following a mass shooting at a transit station in the city.
What they're saying: "While the Second Amendment protects every citizen's right to own a gun, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize that right," Liccardo said in a statement ahead of the vote.
What to watch: Gun rights groups have vowed to challenge the measure.
- "[O]ur message is clear and simple: see you in court," said Dudley Brown, president of the National Association for Gun Rights and executive director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, to CNN.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show gun owners must pay an annual $25 fee per household, not per weapon.