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Officials in San Jose, California, approved new gun control measures on Tuesday, mandating the videotaping of gun sales and requiring firearm owners to have liability insurance, just three weeks after nine people were killed in a mass shooting in the city.
City councilors unanimously approved the new measures outlined last week by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. The mayor stood in front of a memorial on June 8 for the victims of the VTA shooting that happened late last month, calling for immediate action to impose sweeping gun legislation in the city.
"Our families feel the toll of gun violence every day, and we need to take action," Liccardo said last week.
Part of the new ordinance is targeted at curtailing illegal straw purchasing, which occurs when someone buys a gun for another person, such as a felon or minor, who is prohibited from owning such weapons.
"We know a significant number of crooks and gangs get firearms through straw purchasing," the Democratic mayor said on Tuesday. "This set of ordinances is really focused on narrowing the flow of guns to those which are clearly legal and hopefully doing something to deter the flow of guns that are unlawful to own."
Liccardo said there were 363,000 guns legally sold in Santa Clara County, but he added that many are "being purchased by people other than the ones who ultimately intend to carry and use the guns."
Another part of the legislation requires gun owners to purchase liability insurance as well as a paid registration fee to own a firearm legally in the city. The measures will also seek to update licensing requirements to include 3D-printed firearms or "ghost guns."
"All of these actions will save lives," Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.
Gun rights advocates, including the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, called the new measures unconstitutional, adding that they violate free speech and privacy laws. A spokesperson with the group said it planned to sue if the measures passed.
“It is outrageous that Mayor Liccardo wants to use ‘Big Brother’-style omniveillance to record gun owners’ every move, violating the privacy of millions, especially at-risk firearm purchasers,” the coalition wrote in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner.
A coalition spokesperson added Wednesday afternoon that a team is working on pre-litigation research in preparation to challenge the latest measures passed on Tuesday.
It is not immediately clear when the laws will go into effect.
The Washington Examiner contacted the mayor's office but did not immediately receive a response.
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Original Author: Kaelan Deese
Original Location: San Jose officials pass new gun control laws following mass shooting