Leaders in San Jose have yet to unveil the details of their 2A tax and liability scheme on responsible gun owners, but that hasn’t stopped one pro-gun group from stepping in with a stern warning.
The National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) this week sent a cease-and-desist letter to the San Jose City Council, Mayor, and City Attorney threatening legal action if they proceed as planned.
“Please be advised that should you pass the proposed ordinance and blatantly violate the constitutional rights of the residents of San Jose, my clients have authorized our firm to file a lawsuit against the City to protect the constitutional rights of their members,” San Francisco-based attorneys David A. Warrington and Harmeet K. Dhillon, who are representing NFGR, wrote.
@POTUS @JoeBiden, @USDOJ & key Administration leaders spent > 2 hours listening to a group of 7 police chiefs, mayors, & community public safety experts @ yesterday’s @WhiteHouse meeting on reducing gun violence. Grateful for @POTUS’ s urgency to make our cities safer. https://t.co/5kZgR1tpam— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) July 13, 2021
But SJ Mayor Sam Liccardo didn’t seem too concerned with the letter, indicating that he expects his agenda to prevail in the courts.
“In the realm of sensible gun regulation, the gun industry and their lawyers ensure that no good deed goes unlitigated,” Liccardo said in a statement Wednesday. “I suppose that I should not be surprised that they have threatened to sue the City before they’ve even seen a single word in the ordinance.”
As GunsAmerica previously reported, the San Jose City Council approved all of the mayor’s proposals back in June, including:
- Liability Insurance Mandate
- Tax on Gun Owners
- Red Flag Confiscation
- Ban on Ghost Guns
- Video and Audio-Recorded Gun Sales
- Background Checks for Ammo
- Encouraging Public to Report “Explicit” or “Implied” Threats
- Gun Buy-Back Programs
“This a full-frontal assault on lawful gun owners by the gun control zealots running the city of San Jose,” said Dudley Brown, Executive Director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, in a press release. “The city brazenly admits in their own press release that the burden of extra insurance and fees will ONLY be on the law-abiding.”
“Punishing law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals is the kind of insane behavior (the foundation) has come to expect from bureaucrat gun control idiots like the ones that run San Jose,” Brown continued.
While mayor Liccardo’s plan is meeting fierce resistance from the pro-2A community, the Biden Administration greeted it with open arms. In fact, Liccardo was invited to the White House earlier this week to meet with the president.
Liccardo had this to say about the trip, “This is a hopeful moment for me, an opportunity to be able to hear from colleagues from throughout the country and most importantly to be there while the President is hearing them.”
“The president demonstrated he was passionate about this issue; he’s very concerned about what’s happening on the streets of big cities throughout the country,” Liccardo continued. “He is really committed toward every prong of the strategy that we articulate around prevention, around intervention, and getting police out there in the street, as well as community-based public safety solutions.”
In other words, Biden would love to take the San Jose plan national, forcing all states to adopt gun owner liability insurance, taxes, and all the rest.