San José Mayor discusses gun reform with President Biden

Last month, the city of San José became a pioneer in gun reform. Now San José Mayor Sam Liccardo is pushing for tougher gun laws in the White House, in a Monday afternoon meeting with President Joe Biden and city officials across the country . The meeting was characterized by the White House as a high-level strategic discussion aimed at reducing gun violence at the local level, given Congress’ inaction on gun control.

Liccardo said on Monday morning that he would push for tougher gun laws at the meeting, as KPIX / CBS SF reported.

“We’ll be talking a lot about how the federal government can be a partner for cities,” Liccardo told the outlet. “We are seeing an increase in gun violence in towns across the county … So we’ll talk about how we use federal dollars, for example to expand patrols in high crime neighborhoods to get jobs for young people.” adults in neighborhoods affected by gangs and support the city’s resilience. “

At the end of June, the San Jose City Council passed a set of new gun rules that will require, among other things, that gun owners take out liability insurance – the first such law in the country. , according to the Associated Press. Others of the new rules were aimed at stemming “straw” buying, a term that refers to someone buying a gun just to pass it on to someone else, as discussed in SFGate and elsewhere. The new measures followed the VTA shooting in May in which an angry employee shot nine of his colleagues and then committed suicide.

Liccardo called the straw buying especially during his interview with KPIX as an area that would benefit from greater federal involvement.

“We know that guns circulate a lot – around 30,000 guns, for example, are bought for criminal organizations like gangs through straw purchases,” the mayor said, quoting the mayor. “So we’ve adopted protections here in San Jose, but we need other parts of the country to do the same, because we know guns are typically purchased in states without restrictive gun laws.” and displaced in California. … Being able to have federal monitoring and oversight would help tremendously.

Liccardo told KPIX he expected to discuss with President Biden and the group “innovative approaches” to cities, including San Jose’s effort to curb straw buying.

Since taking office, Biden has announced a number of measures to reduce gun violence, and his proposed budget increases funding for community policing by $ 300 million, as well as the $ 750 million allocation of additional funds to federal law enforcement agencies, according to Reuters. “Our strategy includes funding for law enforcement via the US rescue plan for states, cities and the possibility of hiring police officers and paying them overtime, in order to advance community policing.” , Biden said.

President Joe Biden (3rd from left) hosts meeting with (LR) San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy and others on violence reduction Army in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials and others also included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams, and Community-Based Co-Founder. Public Safety Collective Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Other officials who attended the meeting included Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams; Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser; Attorney General Merrick Garland; Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis; Chicago Police Chief David Brown; and Newark, New Jersey, Police Lt. Anthony Lima, according to Reuters and CBS SF.

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