Los Angeles County May Require Gun Owners to Have Insurance

We've been reporting all year on Los Angeles' draconian gun legislation, from proposing new taxes on guns and ammo to a ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds and a requirement for residents to lock up handguns at all times http://www.range365.com/la-gun-lockup-law-passes-as-city-sued-over-high-cap-mag-ban. Now, during the latest push for gun control, Los Angeles County officials are considering a requirement for gun owners to buy insurance, according to this story from the Los Angeles Times.

It's an idea that's been kicked around by anti-gunners for a while now, who liken it to the liability insurance some people have on their car. A similar proposal was introduced at the federal level this year and got no traction. No states have adopted such a requirement.

This is how it would work: Gun owners would be required to carry an insurance policy, that would make payments to offset costs to victims and public agencies, if the policy-holder's gun is used to injure or kill someone.

Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA who studies gun laws, said in the story that he does not expect an insurance requirement to have a significant effect on gun crime. He also said the constitutionality of such a requirement is "not crystal clear" and would likely be challenged in court.

"Are law-abiding gun owners to be punished for the acts of criminals?" said Stan Roy, an Antelope Valley resident who is an NRA certified shooting instructor. The story says he directed his public questions to the board of County Supervisors. "Are we to think that people committing armed robberies, rapes, and homicides are going to pay for insurance?"

The story notes that Los Angeles County attorneys have been asked to look into the constitutionality of the potential gun measures.