Following his city's recent approval of a plan to reduce gun violence, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccard met Monday with President Joe Biden and other officials at the White House to discuss how the same can be done nationally.
The gun harm reduction proposals approved by the San Jose City Council at the end of June include a mandate for gun insurance, impounding guns from those who do not comply with insurance mandates and other laws and recording all gun purchases to mitigate gun straw purchases, among many other proposals.
The mayor likens gun insurance to auto insurance, which he said was effective in reducing per-mile car accidents by 80 percent in four decades. Insurance would also reduce the public cost of gun violence, the mayor maintains, which in San Jose costs taxpayers about $442 million annually, according to preliminary data from the Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation.
Liccardo first proposed the measures after the 2019 Garlic Festival shooting in Gilroy which claimed four lives and wounded 17.
He reintroduced them this year weeks after the Bay Area's deadliest mass shooting, which claimed nine lives in San Jose at the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority rail yard.