State Lawmakers Push Gun Insurance Schemes
February 12, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Public support for sweeping gun control measures isn’t that high and reports indicate that legislative attempts to force draconian new gun laws of the Federal level would be met with swift and fierce rejection. But lawmakers in some States are currently working on a new gun control idea: requiring gun owner insurance.
Legislative measures have been proposed in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and California that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance on firearms to cover damages or injuries caused by the weapons.
Some proponents of the idea believe it will cut public costs associated with gun crime and accidents and encourage gun owners to be more responsible. Type of firearm, gun theft and accident would all factor into gun insurance premiums.
“I was moved, like many others, being the father of two young children, by the Sandy Hook incident and looking for constructive ways to manage gun violence here in California as well as the rest of the country,” Assemblyman Philip Ting of San Francisco who introduced a gun insurance bill told Fox News. There’s basically a cost that is born by the taxpayers when accidents occur. … I don’t think that taxpayers should be footing those bills.”
Gun rights supporters say the real goal of the bills is to price Americans out of gun ownership by placing hefty fees on the right to bear arms.