If you can't ban them, and you can't confiscate them, then try pricing them out of the market. Make it cost prohibitive to own them.
When they did this with another constitutional right, voting, by requiring registration fees, there was outrage. Where is the outrage now?
The liberal city council is trying again to discourage gun ownership by making it prohibitively expensive.
On Thursday, the D.C. Council will hold a hearing on a bill proposed by Mary M. Cheh to require gun owners to buy liability insurance. The legislation, introduced in March, would force potential gun owners to get a policy of at least $250,000 before the city would consider their applications to register a firearm.
Councilwoman Mary M. Cheh does not seem to care that this kind of insurance doesn’t even exist.
Willem O. Rijksen, The vice president of public affairs for the American Insurance Association told me that, “We oppose proposals that would mandate gun liability insurance as property-casualty insurance does not and cannot cover intentional criminal behavior.”
Accidents are already covered under homeowners’ insurance policies.
The kicker of this scheme is that the gun owner would be assumed liable under the law for a lost or stolen gun unless it was reported to the police. So a bad guy can break into my home, take my gun, shoot a bunch of people before I get home — and I’m financially liable.
If the gun owner lets the policy lapse, the right to keep arms — i.e. the registration — will be immediately revoked by the city.
The bill would mandate that prospective gun owners maintain at least a $250,000 policy. The policy would cover damages from negligent acts or intentional acts that aren’t undertaken in self-defense.
A handful of states are considering similar measures, but none has passed such a law.