National Gun Rights Group Threatens to Sue San Jose over Proposed Gun Ordinance

Second Amendment

A national gun rights group sent San Jose city leaders a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday, just two weeks after the city council approved calling for an annual gun fee and mandating gun liability insurance.

The July 14 letter from the National Foundation for Gun Rights sent to Mayor Sam Liccardo and council members puts the city on notice that the group will sue if the city moves forward with plans for a citywide gun ordinance.

The organization is the legal division of the National Association for Gun Rights, a Second Amendment advocacy group that considers itself the “conservative alternative” to the National Rifle Association.

The foundation maintains the city would violate the Second Amendment by imposing a tax on “a select group of law-abiding citizens” exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

“A right that you have to pay a tax to exercise is not a right at all,” said Hannah Hill, spokesperson for the foundation. “You would not dream of imposing a tax to attend a church or to disseminate or read a newspaper, which are protected by the First Amendment.”

Executive Director Dudley Brown called the ordinance a “full-frontal assault” on gun owners “by the gun control zealots running the city of San Jose.”  The foundation sees the ordinance as unfair to law-abiding citizens, Brown said.

Liccardo, who met Monday with President Joe Biden and other mayors from around the country to discuss ways to stop gun violence, disagreed with the gun rights group’s assertions.

“In the realm of sensible gun regulation, the gun industry and their lawyers ensure that no good deed goes unlitigated,” Liccardo said in an email. “I suppose that I should not be surprised that they have threatened to sue the city before they’ve even seen a single word in the ordinance.”

Rachel Davis, press secretary for Liccardo, said the city will continue to draft the ordinance.

The “gun harm reduction” proposals approved by the San Jose City Council at the end of June include a mandate for gun insurance; impounding guns from those who do not comply with insurance mandates and other laws; and recording all gun purchases to mitigate gun straw purchases, among many other proposals.

A draft ordinance is expected to come back to the city council for a vote in September.


Source link

Articles You May Like

ILA | Ohio: Emergency Powers Bill Advances to House Floor
Opinion | We can’t cure mental illness, but we can get guns off the streets
Why Mass Shootings Won’t Get Tough Gun Control. :
Commentary: When police chiefs dial 911, law-and-order representatives need to answer
ILA | Maryland: NY/NJ Gun Control Legislation Coming


  1. 539297 436831When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it! 543183

  2. 808145 887844undoubtedly like your internet site but you need to have to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling troubles and I locate it quite troublesome to tell the truth nevertheless I will definitely come back once more. 504278

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *