Already facing some of the strictest state level gun laws in the nation, residents of San Jose, California, will now face a yearly firearms tax and be required to carry special insurance following a unanimous vote from their city council on new gun control measures. The penalty for noncompliance is the confiscation of one’s firearms.
According to Fox Business:
The forthcoming fee for gun ownership in the city has not yet been determined, but officials said that anyone found to be in noncompliance will have their weapons confiscated.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo suggested the new annual fine will likely be “a couple dozen dollars,” and claimed insurers assured the city that firearms owners adding gun liability coverage to existing policies would cost the affected citizens little or nothing.
With no official registry of gun owners either locally or federally, officials recognized that enforcement of the forthcoming taxes and insurance requirements could be difficult if not impossible. So, they said they would authorize any law enforcement officers to confiscate the firearms of any gun owner they stumble upon who does not provide proof that they have complied.
San Jose gun owners already have to pay an 11% tax every time they purchase ammunition, plus a background check fee.
The new tax creates an obvious backdoor gun confiscation policy. If the city council wanted to effectively ban all guns, they can simply raise the annual fee to an amount that no one could be reasonably expected to pay. For that reason, and because this places a fee on a constitutional right, you can expect to see these new measures challenged in court.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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