Mandatory Insurance Looms Over Gun Owners

From America’s 1st Freedom:  http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2016/2/16/mandatory-insurance-looms-over-gun-owners/

by Marshall Lewin
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lawmakers in at least four states are pushing bills to force gun owners to register with, and buy liability insurance from, casualty insurers.

So far, politicians have proposed imposing these mandates through state laws in Hawaii, New Hampshire and New York, and through city ordinance in Los Angeles.

The bills are similar to legislation proposed last year in Congress by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., whose “Firearm Risk Protection Act” would require gun owners to provide proof of liability insurance before purchasing a firearm and subject gun owners who fail to maintain insurance to fines up to $10,000, Insurance Business America reports.

The New Hampshire bill, introduced by Democrat state Rep. Katherine Rogers, requires not only firearm purchasers but also sellers and owners of firearms to maintain liability insurance. Violators would face fines of up to $10,000.

The Hawaii bill, proposed by Democrat state Sen. Josh Green, not only requires gun owners to keep insurance, but also requires them to re-register firearms with the state every five years.

The New York bill requires gun owners to maintain a minimum of $250,000 in liability insurance.

In addition to mandatory insurance for gun owners, Los Angeles is also considering imposing new taxes on firearms, ostensibly to offset the costs incurred by crime victims.

And these gun-owner insurance mandates are popping up all around the country. For example, a new Vermont bill, H. 709, introduced by Democrat state Rep. Thomas Stevens, would force insurance companies to require homeowner’s policy holders to report whether they, or anyone in the household, owns a firearm stored on the insured property.

Not only are these insurance mandates predicated on lies—they’re fraught with peril for lawful gun owners. Here are just a few of the ways.

Continue reading at:  http://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2016/2/16/mandatory-insurance-looms-over-gun-owners/

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