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The mayor of San Jose, Calif. reintroduced a proposal for mandatory gun owners’ insurance, an annual gun fee, and other provisions aimed at mitigating gun violence this week in the wake of the deadly Valley Transportation Authority rail yard shooting.

“With council approval, San Jose would become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a makeshift memorial at City Hall in honor of the nine VTA workers who were killed at the light rail yard last month, according to KPIX 5.

The move comes after Liccardo first proposed mandatory gun insurance in the aftermath of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting in 2019.

The mayor said the insurance would be “little to no extra cost” for some owners who would already have it as part of their homeowners policy. 

“And that way we can ensure that victims are compensated where there’s an insurable event. And of course, insurance companies will help us make gun possession safer,” Liccardo.

The mayor is directing a team of experts to calculate the cost of a proposed annual gun fee to San Jose taxpayers. The mayor’s office said gun violence in 2018 directly cost the state’s taxpayers $1.4 billion.

“We are cognizant, as the Second Amendment dictates, so that we will not be imposing fees that are so great as to be prohibitive to ownership. We want a fee that will compensate taxpayers for the cost of everything from emergency rooms to police response,” the mayor said.

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