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The Washington Examiner

Virginia Aabram, Breaking News Reporter

January 26, 2022

The city council of San Jose, California, passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance Tuesday requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance and pay a yearly fee to the city in an effort to prevent gun violence.

San Jose's more than 50,000 legal gun owners will have to pay the city an annual fee of about $25 plus "administrative costs" beginning in August if the ordinance is ratified in a February vote, NBC reported. The goal is to reduce the amount of city resources spent on gun crimes, which the city said costs taxpayers $40 million per year.

"Tonight San Jose became the first city in the United States to enact an ordinance to require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, and to invest funds generated from fees paid by gun owners into evidence-based initiatives to reduce gun violence and gun harm," Mayor Sam Liccardo announced.

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