San Jose’s aspiring tyrant, Democrat Mayor Sam Liccardo, thinks he’s figured out a way to separate gun owners and their guns. He pushed through a measure to require gun owners to buy an insurance policy (that doesn’t exist) and to pay a “fee” in order to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Nevermind that the Mayor’s plan will impact the poor and minorities in his city the hardest. As every good wanna-be authoritarian inevitably concludes, Mayor Liccardo will have to break a few eggs in order to make an omelet.
Now the gun-grabbing Dem says he plans to confiscate the guns of those who don’t secure the non-existent insurance coverage and pay the unconstitutional firearm “poll tax” to own a firearm within his utopian #gunsense planation.
Has the mayor calculated how many cops his police department has who are willing to risk working the confiscation detail, gathering up firearms from law-abiding gun owners?
Liccardo plans to start small. He first wants to grab guns cops encounter in public spaces.
The Western Journal has the San Jose mayor’s latest folly:
A California city has approved a law forcing gun owners to have insurance and pay an annual $25 fee.
“Certainly, the Second Amendment protects every citizen’s right to own a gun. It does not require taxpayers to subsidize that right,” Democratic San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said, according to CNN.
“According to CNN?” Well, that explains why such a silly statement would go unchallenged by the reporter.
Gun owners who do not pay the fee will face a fine, he said, but they will not be subject to criminal charges. However, he said, they could have their gun seized, and illustrated a possible scenario.
“Encountering people with guns, out on the street, in bars and nightclubs — you can imagine a host of different venues where a police officer would really like to have the ability to remove a gun from a potentially combustible situation. For example, there’s a bar brawl and they’re patting down everybody and someone’s got a gun. ‘Have you paid your fee? You have insurance?’ ‘No.’
If only Mayor Liccardo was as interested in enforcing the rule of law across the board. After all, illegal aliens are welcome in San Jose thanks to his city’s “Sanctuary City” status. Legal American citizen gun owners? Eh, not so much.
“OK, well, there’s an opportunity for us to remove the gun. And then when the gun owner comes back and demonstrates that they comply with the law and they’re a lawful gun owner, they get their gun back. But in the meantime, you’ve taken a gun out of a bar brawl. And that’s not a bad thing,” he said.
Liccardo insisted that the fee is legal.
Of course he’s going to insist it’s legal. After all, it’s not his money that will go to pay the attorneys to litigate the matter in court. And does anyone think the city will keep seized guns waiting for gun owners to comply with the new mandates? Uh huh.
Let’s play out another scenario. Every time the San Jose PD stops at a private residence on a call, they ask if there are any firearms on the premises. If so, “Have you paid your fee? You have insurance?”
Using Liccardo’s own words, “OK, well, there’s an opportunity for us to remove the gun.”
It’s just a matter of time until gun owners say “enough.” Let’s just hope San Jose residents don’t run through the first three boxes in defense of liberty. Opening that final box is something the Mayor doesn’t even consider a possibility.