California legislation would require gun owners to buy liability insurance
Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D- Los Angeles) in California would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover any damages that may be caused by the weapon.
“I believe the true cost of purchasing a gun is not reflected in the price,” Gomez told NBC Latino. “How do you reflect the true cost? It’s not about just buying the gun and the bullets but the societal costs if there is an accident.”
If passed, Gomez hopes insurance would encourage gun owners to be safer and reduce their costs if they have a trigger lock, safe box or took classes on gun safety.
But opponents of the legislation say it’s yet another effort to introduce government regulation on guns when none is needed and view it as a violation of the right to bear arms.