Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons.
Similar bills have been introduced in other states after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. They include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.
“I was moved, like many others, being the father of two young children, by the Sandy Hook incident and looking for constructive ways to manage gun violence here in California as well as the rest of the country,” said Assemblyman Philip Ting of San Francisco, who introduced AB231 along with Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles.
Ting equated the idea to requiring vehicle owners to buy auto insurance. Gomez said it would encourage gun owners to take firearms safety classes and keep their guns locked up to get lower insurance rates.
Some proposals would require buyers to show proof of insurance before they could purchase a weapon. The proposal in California would apply to anyone owning a weapon, Ting said, though the bill’s details are still being worked out.
Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said most gun owners already act responsibly and can be sued for damages if they don’t.
He said the proposal is part of an ongoing attempt to “price gun owners out of existence,” particularly the law-abiding poor who live in crime-ridden areas and need protection the most. Criminals would ignore the law, he said.
Moreover, he questioned whether it is constitutional to require someone to buy insurance to exercise a constitutional right.
“If they don’t address it in committee, I’ll guarantee they’ll have to address it in court,” Paredes said.
Ting said he and Gomez plan to work with gun owners and opponents to craft a constitutional bill. It will not require insurance companies to offer gun insurance, but will encourage them to enter the market.
He noted that the National Rifle Association itself already offers its members the chance to buy liability insurance, despite its opposition to requiring gun owners to buy such policies.
Last Night I has the most Awesome Idea for a prank. Not sure I am willing to get pushed around by the locals but consider this,Just for FUN:
1.Get a old Boombox,Big One.
2. Burn a CD with the sound of serious gunfire (2 minutes ought to do)
3. Walk into ( Insert-school,store,courthouse,library, state legislature, county commission , city hall of your choice.
4 Watch Hilarity & Panic ensue.
I’m an Evil Genius
Might also consider using a remote to activate it from a safe distance after leaving it on a table,counter etc.
Nice idea Rich K.
You should put Dianne Feinstein’s over-voice in the recording where she sneers and says ALL guns should be confiscated. Then coordinate with an extra loud boom (Barrett .50) and a thud as she hits the floor.
I was just playing “What IF” because we all know it’s not allowed to do these kind of things where it might cause someone to break a nail or run their nylons while freaking out.
NOw lets do the Happy Dance,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,