Liability insurance form California lawmakers are considering numerous firearms measures this year, including one that would allow private citizens to sue illegal weapons traffickers, and one that would make it easier to sue gun-makers. (Credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Shutterstock)

If approved, a recent measure announced in California would make it the first state to require gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover accidental or negligent use of their firearms.

Democratic State Senator Nancy Skinner commented that “[g]uns kill more people than cars. Yet gun owners are not required to carry liability insurance like car owners must.” She also stated that the costs of gun violence should no longer be borne by taxpayers, survivors, families, employers, and communities. Instead, it is time for gun owners to shoulder their share of that burden. Skinner is also working on amending another bill to allow gun owners to be held civilly liable if their firearms are used to cause property damage, injury or death.

 

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