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New State Bill Could Require Gun Owners to Have Liability Insurance

Two State Assemblyman argue if car owners are required to own it, so should gun owners.

Bay City News Service

State Assemblymen Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation Tuesday that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance.

Assembly Bill 231 would require the owners to cover damages incurred from incidents stemming from their firearms.

"The government requires insurance as a condition of operating a car - at the very least we should impose a similar requirement for owning a firearm," Ting said in a statement.

Gomez said, under the legislation, individuals would receive a more affordable policy if they use a trigger lock for their firearms and take part in training courses.

Ting on Tuesday also introduced Assembly Bill 232, which would provide state income tax credits for people who participate in local gun buyback programs, with a cap of $1,000.

"Gun buyback programs are an effective way to reduce the number of guns in circulation, and lower the risk of intentional or accidental damage by these weapons," Ting said.

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Do you agree that gun owners should be required to have liability insurance? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

Edward February 12, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Insurance companies will not cover anything used in the "commision of a crime" and the best the State could to is "Acidental discharge and damage" cause by a firearm and most homowners policies cover accidental dischagre already under the "liabilty " portion of their policy..
Edward February 12, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Go to Texas, buy cheap guns at a show, and turn them in in California and double your money. Sounds like a great "suplimental Income Strategy " for Seniors when their Social Security gets Cut.
Edward February 12, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Genade lauchers are used by poachers in Africa to kill elephants. Supplied by the USA to "Friendly Governments " which sell them for profit to the "Highest Bidder". The USA is the Bigest Arms supplier in the world and we "Reap what we Sow".
Tim February 12, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Germany 1933? How about New Orleans 2005?
David February 12, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Don't forget that a majority of gun deaths when reported generically are suicides. While tragic, presumably not really preventable by liability insurance.

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