Gun Rights Group Files Suit Against San Jose’s Gun Owner Insurance Requirement

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The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) filed suit in federal court after the San Jose city council voted Tuesday to require gun owners to have liability insurance and pay an annual fee to a non-profit chosen by the city.

Private gun owner Mark Sikes is a plaintiff with NAGR.

The Associated Press reports that Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney with San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group, is representing the plaintiffs.

Dhillon spoke about the city council’s insurance mandate, saying:

The law is unconstitutional…The law compels people to purchase insurance that doesn’t necessarily exist, and that demonstrates that this law is not a good faith attempt to do anything other than ban or burden the lawful possession of guns.

On January 25, 2022, Breitbart News noted that the San Jose city council would take up the gun control proposals during Tuesday’s meeting. The Mercury News observed that the proposals included the liability insurance requirement for gun owners and a mandate that gun owners pay $25-35 annually to a city-designated non-profit.

KTVU pointed out that San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (D) predicted the city would face lawsuits if the gun control proposals passed.

Both gun control proposals passed on Tuesday.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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