San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to stop assaults and robberies committed with firearms at the local level. To achieve his goal, Liccardo has proposed what he calls a “modernized gun safety ordinance.”
In a press release, the Mayor announced that the proposed ordinance would:
- Require vendors to include video and audio recordings of all gun transactions, training for gun sales staff, and other unspecified measures to combat “straw purchases” (where a person purchases a firearm for someone who cannot legally purchase or own one).
- Prohibit the private sale of any firearms or ammunition within or from a residence in the City.
- Require a license for the sale, transfer, or advertisement of all concealable firearms and ammunition within the City.
- Require the display of information at all points of sale about local gun laws, suicide warnings, and Santa Clara County-approved resources for suicide prevention and domestic violence.
In the event that the State Legislature fails to address the issue, Liccardo also called for the ordinance to apply to anyone who provides or downloads data required for the production of a 3D-printed firearm or its components.
“While our current occupant of the White House tweets about emergency declarations, a real crisis persists in the 39,377 Americans who died from gun violence in 2017. The federal government — cowering in the presence of NRA lobbyists — has abdicated its role to safeguard Americans by implementing reasonable firearm regulations. In the absence of federal leadership, cities and states will continue to step up to do more to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Liccardo.
“By confronting ‘straw purchases’ of guns for felons and other people who should not possess guns, these reforms can prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands, and offer a model for other U.S. cities and states to follow,” he added.
Liccardo expects opposition to his proposal.
“We believe we have been very careful crafting this proposal to ensure that this complies fully with the Second Amendment,” Liccardo stated at a press conference. “Where there are guns there are lawyers. I am sure there will be lawsuits.”
Gun-rights advocates, like the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, criticized the proposal calling it “unconstitutional, burdensome and irrational.” The organization wrote in a statement that it would gladly fulfill the mayor’s expectations of legal action.
“If the city ignores the Constitution and proceeds to pass this awful proposal, we will be delighted to force the city to pay our attorneys hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and costs after we beat them in court,” the organization wrote.
The Mayor’s proposal must first go through the Rules Committee of the City Council and then to the entire City Council for approval. The entire process is expected to take six months.