Sam Liccardo

San Jose Mayor Meets With President Biden to Discuss Gun Violence

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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was in Washington, D.C. Monday to joined President Biden and other leaders in a conversation surrounding gun violence and violent crime.

Mayor Liccardo discussed San Jose's strategies the city is implementing to reduce gun violence.

In June, the city of San Jose became the first to require liability insurance and weeks after a gunman shot and killed nine people at a VTA rail yard, San Jose voted to establish a gun owner fee to help cover the cost of gunshot-related police and ambulance response and medical treatment.

The city council also approved requiring gun owners to purchase liability insurance.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said he knows the new rules won't stop mass shootings but he believes safety rules will save lives.

“We live in a country with 4.6 million children who live in a home where guns aren’t locked. There's a lot we can do to be safer,” he said. 

NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai spoke with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Stanford Professor Priya Satia, whose work includes historical and cultural research on guns, about the newly proposed gun control ordinance.
Raj Mathai speaks with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on the deadly mass shooting at a VTA rail yard and how city leaders are feeling the pain very personally as well.

Liccardo was one of the U.S. leaders attending the meeting alongside Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, according to a report.

Attorney General Garland, law enforcement leaders, elected officials and a community violence intervention expert were at the meeting as well. Together they discussed a plan to reduce gun violence and violent crime.

President Biden currently has a a crime reduction strategy, which consists on giving cities and states funding through the Rescue Plan. Other tools provided include support for community violent intervention programs.

According to a statement provided by the White House, the President also discussed his administration's zero tolerance policy for dealers who willfully sell guns illegally, DOJ's gun trafficking strike forces and crackdown of ghost guns.

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