Two landmark gun control measures were passed recently, and of course this was in California. The city of San Jose has passed two measures against the legal gun owners in their city.
The first measure that was passed was to require all gun owners to obtain and maintain liability insurance on their firearms, much like insurance on cars. It’s not clear how much this is going to cost or what exactly the insurance is covering.
The second measure requires all gun owners to pay an ANNUAL TAX to cover the costs of gun related emergency calls. The City of San Jose spent $443 million last year combating gun violence. The tax ammount has not been estabilished yet, but one would expect it to be at least that $450M combined between gun owners.
While announcing these landmark decisions, the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, stated, “While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership.”
While the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it does not require taxpayers to subsidize gun ownership.San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
This begs the question, can you tax something that is an enumerated constitutional right? If so, what are the full ramifications of doing so and what doors will this open in the future. Secondly, how many legal gun owners will suddenly become illegal gun owners?