U.S. Rep. wants to force gun owners to 'buy insurance or pay fine'
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U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would force gun owners to have liability insurance or face fines of up to $10,000.
According to Maloney. the Firearms Risk Protection Act would curb so-called “gun violence,” much like car insurance has lowered vehicle fatalities, she said, because gun owners would be more careful.
In a statement to the Hill, Maloney said:
“We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.”
Maloney said auto insurance carriers incentivize drivers to take precautions to reduce accidents, but no such incentives exist for firearm owners. She wants to change that.
“An insurance requirement would allow the free market to encourage cautious behavior and help save lives,” she said. “Adequate liability coverage would also ensure that the victims of gun violence are fairly compensated when crimes or accidents occur.”
This is the second time Maloney, who is one of the biggest gun control advocates in Congress, has introduced the legislation, according to the Hill. A few weeks ago she reintroduced legislation that would require sellers to obtain a background check for all guns sold at gun shows.