San Jose City Council passed the ordinance in a unanimous vote Tuesday night to try to discourage the purchase of straw, when someone buys a gun for another person who is legally unable to buy one.
The law, which is expected to go into effect in September, will require retailers to record video and audio of all firearm purchases, ensure inventory checks are conducted, and display information on suicide prevention.
All sales staff are required to be trained “to determine if the customer is looking to purchase the firearm for himself or another person,” according to the memorandum. It also prohibits the sale of firearms in or from a residence.
“We know that a significant number of bandits and flag bearers get firearms by buying straw,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said during Tuesday’s board meeting. “This set of ordinances really focuses on reducing the flow of weapons to those that are clearly legal and hopefully doing something to deter the flow of illegal weapons from having.”
The ordinance, first proposed in 2019, is part of a nine-part plan that the mayor says can help reduce gun violence.
“The Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to own weapons, but does not require all other taxpayers to pay for that right … requiring gun users to pay fees will help fund the critical medical emergency response and police and will reduce the burdens on our taxpayers, ”he said. he said then.
San Jose officials said police were never notified of either the arrest or the writs.