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Dem Mayor to Require Citizens to Pay Annual Fee to Own Guns if Council Approves

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Citing the mass shooting which left nine people dead at the San Jose, California, Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard two weeks ago, the city’s Democratic mayor, Sam Liccardo, has proposed measures that would require citizens who own guns to buy mandatory gun owners’ insurance and to pay an annual fee.

Liccardo spoke to reporters on Tuesday from the memorial set up at City Hall to honor the victims of the shooting.

“With council approval San Jose would become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms,” Liccardo said, according to KPIX-TV.

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“Second, San Jose would become the first U.S. city to require gun owners to pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun violence.”

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“And that way we can ensure that victims are compensated where there’s an insurable event,” Liccardo told those gathered. “And of course, insurance companies will help us make gun possession safer.”

The mayor did not specify the amount of the fee, but KPIX reported Liccardo is working with a “team of experts” to determine what the right amount would be.

“We are cognizant, as the Second Amendment dictates, so that we will not be imposing fees that are so great as to be prohibitive to ownership. We want a fee that will compensate taxpayers for the cost of everything from emergency rooms to police response,” he added.

KPIX reported that there are several other proposals under consideration, as well. These include:

“Ghost Guns: San Jose would implement an ordinance to tighten loopholes in state law.”

“Video and audio recording of gun purchases: to reduce ‘straw purchases’ where one party buys a firearm for another.”

“Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Public education campaign, and improved law enforcement training, and sponsoring state legislation.”

“‘Looking Out for One Another’: Create a public campaign for community-based, crowd-sourced reporting of implied or explicit threats of violence.”

Sam Paredes, the executive director of Gun Owners of California, told KPIX that if Liccardo’s proposals are passed by the City Council, he will work with a coalition of gun rights supporters to fight it through the courts. He said, “I strongly believe that Mayor Sam Liccardo is trying to do things he has no authority to do.”

Paredes also noted that California has preemption laws in place to stop local governments from passing their own firearm laws.

The Giffords Law Center explained, “’Preemption’ occurs when a higher level of government [i.e. the state of California] removes regulatory power from a lower level of government [San Jose, in this case].”

Paredes told KPIX, “Without that, various communities could sponsor their own laws governing firearms acquisition, sales, use and storage, and all of that. And law abiding citizens from other parts of the state would be breaking the law just by passing through some of these communities. That’s why no other city has successfully done what the mayor is proposing to do.”

“It is, we believe, very strongly unconstitutional for the government to require law-abiding citizens who are doing nothing more than exercising their Second Amendment rights to be required to have insurance, or to be taxed, while they are exercising that enumerated right,” he said.

The report noted Liccardo’s gun fees and insurance proposal will be presented to the Rules Committee next week. If it is approved by the committee, “Liccardo’s proposal could move towards consideration before the full San Jose City Council before the end of June.”

KPIX reported this is the second time the San Jose mayor has put forth such a measure. The first occasion followed a shooting that killed three people and wounded 17 at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival.

What this move boils down to is that Liccardo is trying to force San Jose residents to pay to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It doesn’t say that if the mayor so chooses, he may force his constituents to pay for the privilege of exercising this right.

Gun owners in San Jose are right to be concerned about Liccardo’s proposal. They are not felons who have lost their right to gun ownership.

This is a prime example of government overreach. It is a power grab that amounts to tyranny. Liccardo is putting his personal agenda before his constituents’ Constitutional freedoms.

In addition to this measure’s unconstitutionality, it is a nonstarter due to California’s preemption laws.

This mayor doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. He does not have the authority to enforce these measures. And if the San Jose City Council passes this stupidity, they will soon find that out.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Tyranny: Concerned Parents Arrested After School Board Cuts Off Comments on Trans, CRT Policies

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Two Virginia parents protesting critical race theory and transgender policy proposals at their children’s schools were arrested Tuesday during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. The public comment session was held so parents could voice their concerns over the teaching of CRT as well as a new policy on “transgender and gender-expansive students.” Instead, the board ended the meeting midway and two parents were arrested. Two arrests made at the Loudoun County, Virginia school board meeting after it was declared an unlawful assembly and some parents here to protest against critical race theory and a transgender policy refused to leave right away #CriticalRaceTheory — Gabriella Borter (@gabriellaborter) June 22, 2021 A total of 259 people had signed up to offer public comments, but the meeting was shut down after just 51 had spoken, according to Fox News. Ian Prior, a father of two students and a spokesman for the parent advocacy group Fight for Schools, slammed the board for refusing to allow parents to have a say in how their children are educated on controversial topics such as critical race theory and transgenderism. Prior told Fox News that it’s imperative for parents to “get a seat at the table” to help shape what their children learn in the classroom. Otherwise, schools become vehicles for the mass brainwashing of children with destructive left-wing propaganda. The brouhaha at the Loudoun County School Board meeting came after former Republican state Sen. Dick Black slammed the board for suspending teacher Tanner Cross in May for stating at a school board meeting that he doesn’t believe “a biological boy can be a girl and vice-versa.” Two weeks ago, a judge ordered Cross’ school to reinstate him, saying his statements were constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment. After…

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Confirmed: Disguised Leftists Infiltrated Trump Crowd on Jan. 6, Said They Told FBI How to Infiltrate MAGA

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Recently released videos prove what conservatives have been saying for months now: Trump supporters were not the only ones at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Two leftists infiltrated the Jan. 6 mob that stormed the Capitol and later said they told the FBI how to “infiltrate Trump rallies.” The two men are Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini and a quick look skim through their respective Twitter feeds shows that they are, indeed, leftists. It’s been stoked by the media & by the president. It goes beyond institutional distrust & disgust. So many are painting these protestors as a monolith, when in reality it was an amalgam of families, business owners & anarchists who believed they were fighting for “their” America — Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) January 7, 2021 COVID Nurse at the MAGA Rally does not believe in wearing a mask. — Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) December 13, 2020 Multiple videos on Scattini’s YouTube channel show him and Masterson — disguised as reporters from One America News Network — asking questions to a number of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. An additional video blog posted on Feb. 17 features Scattini explaining how FBI agents approached the two men after their Jan. 6 stunt. “They introduced themselves as two agents of the FBI and one officer of the NYPD and asked if they could come inside and, of course, we said yes,” Scattini said. “We talked to them for about an hour, we are not in any trouble, but that was super weird.” “Walter is giving them tips on how to infiltrate Trump rallies.” This lines up with a recent assertion made by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson that the FBI had agents on the inside during the Jan. 6 incursion. “Strangely, some of the key people who…

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