Loveland, CO – The National Association for Gun Rights, in conjunction with its legal arm the National Foundation for Gun Rights, has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Jose, the San Jose City Council, and Jennifer Maguire, the City Manager of San Jose. The lawsuit will challenge a new ordinance passed by the San Jose City Council which forces gun owners to purchase liability insurance and pay an annual fee to own firearms.
The ordinance was passed on January 25th by the San Jose City Council on a 8-3 vote.
“We promised we would sue the City of San Jose if they actually passed this ridiculous tax on the right to keep and bear arms, and now we’re fulfilling that promise,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “To tax a constitutional right is absolutely preposterous and places an undue burden on law-abiding gun owners. Do the members of the San Jose City Council actually believe this will do anything to stop crime?”
The National Foundation for Gun Rights sent a cease and desist letter to the San Jose City Council on July 15th, 2021 urging the city to reject the proposed ordinance.
“A right that you have to pay a tax to exercise is not a right at all. You would not dream of imposing a tax to attend a church or to disseminate or read a newspaper, which are protected by the First Amendment,” said Hannah Hill, Policy Director for the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “This is why the Foundation exists – to stand up to bullies like the City of San Jose and their tyrannical ordinance which will harm law-abiding citizens and set an ugly precedent for gun control laws all across the nation.”
A copy of the lawsuit can be found here: Lawsuit link
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.