Second measure will provide tax credit for guns turned in to buyback programs
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Philip Y Ting (D – San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) introduced legislation, AB 231,* today that will require gun owners to purchase liability insurance to cover the cost of damage that may be caused by the weapon.
“The government requires liability insurance as a condition of operating a car – at the very least we should impose a similar requirement for owning a firearm,” Ting said. “The cost to society of destruction by guns is currently being born collectively by all of us, and not by those who, either through carelessness or malice, cause the destruction. It is time to change that equation so that those who cause the harm pay the costs.”
“Our goal is to make sure that those who own guns do so in the most responsible way possible. A liability insurance requirement will incentivize gun owners to take safety precautions – such as using a trigger lock, keeping their guns locked when not in use, and participating in a training course – in order to get a more affordable insurance policy,” Gomez said.
A second measure authored by Ting will be proposed to provide a state income tax credit to persons who turn in a firearm to a local gun buyback program, pegged to the value of the weapon, up to a $1,000 cap.
“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. We need to step up the financial incentives for voluntary buyback programs that have been successful so far, but will be even more effective if we provide the right incentives to motivate people to participate,” Ting said.
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*As proposed to be amended
Colleen Beamish (Ting), 916.319-2019
John Scribner (Gomez), 916, 319-2051