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By Jessica Chasmar

The Washington Times

A bill introduced in the New York State Assembly by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Democrat, would require the state’s residents to acquire liability insurance as a condition for gun ownership.

“Any person in this state who shall own a firearm shall, prior to such ownership, obtain and continuously maintain a policy of liability insurance in an amount not less than one million dollars specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person,” the measure, dubbed S2353, reads.

Any person who has not purchased insurance in compliance with the law within 30 days of its passing would be in violation of the law.

Such an occurrence “shall result in the immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own such firearm.”

The bill also states that if a gun is stolen, the legal owner of that gun is responsible for any damage incurred until a loss or theft is reported to the police department.

Liability insurance for $1 million in coverage for gun owners is estimated to cost between $1,600 and $2,000 annually, the Examiner reports.

The bill has been referred to the Assembly’s Insurance Committee.

Mr. Ortiz represents a district in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC.



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  • Larry Stauth

    Will this, too be a Constitutional because it’s somehow a tax? Well, but still not a tax, that’s a tax when it needs to be a tax.

    • Larry Stauth

      Oh, and who is responsible if someone uses a weapon stole from a government agency? Gun walked?

      Of course, their will be the exclusion of those working as law enforcment and/or private security for the Politicians attempting to ban firearms.

  • Naethan Guette

    More proof that you can NEVER under estimate the stupidity of liberals everywhere. Don’t those moronic jackasses not realize it is their very policies that is creating a mass exodus from blue states to red states?

  • Christopher M. Caswe

    This is a a direct violation of our 2nd ammendment. The reasoning would be that if you cannot afford insurance than you cannot own a gun. But we have a right given by the 2nd ammendment to own a gun without any burden of insurance. If I cannot own a gun because I do not have insurance then you have violated my rights and taken my freedom.

    • DrSique

      Notice that they use the term “privilege to own such firearms” instead of “right”. The leftists are in full court press mode and the very freedoms that our nation was founded on are under direct threat. Americans had better get active and start showing up at rallies and meetings, writing, calling, faxing and e-mailing their Reps and Sens, and demanding from said that they leave their God granted rights alone. We continue down this road and the odds get better that we will witness another shooting war on American soil.

  • Eric Ackerly

    shall not be infringed. discriminates against poor people. traitor.

  • Lori McLeod Wilke

    And so the rich will own guns; the criminals will own guns and the rest of us will be forever at their mercy. LOVE these liberal democrats.

  • nonstopca

    Why not, if they can force you to buy health insurance seems to me they can do the same with gun insurance, next hammer insurance, then baseball bat insurance and then……..

  • Cynthia Huffnagel Postles

    The only way to get through to people like this is in their pockets. Protesting will not work they do not care and own all the media markets covering the news. All Americans against what is happening in this country need to all agree to give up living the way they are living to prove a point. For one day or longer no work, do not use electric, do not buy gas, do not shop, do not use electric, etc. complete blackout. We run this country they do not exist without us working and paying for it all. Well if we decide to quit unless out demands are met we may finally get somewhere. How many are willing. I am.

  • Grace656

    This gets around the hypocrisy of the rich liberals being able to have their bodyguards and guns while taking them away from the middle and poor classes.

  • William Darch

    Sounds fair to me. If someone steals your gun and shoots me with it pay up.

  • Joseph Hitzel

    Insurance or not ,I will still own my guns to protect my family, I will eat the foods I want to eat and drink 20 oz sodas if I wish. I am an American War Veteran and I fought for our rights that the commie government is trying to take away from me. NOT !!!!

  • bspaero

    Mind-boggling,absolutely mind-boggling. Has anyone ever sat down with these elected morons & explained to them that creating laws that purposly turn law abiding citizens into criminals via draconian taxes is illegal? & trust me mandated Ins. is a Tax, just ask the SCOUS, if not, then we would not be looking @ Obamacare now would we. And if they don’t want to call it a tax, then mandatory purchases of goods & services violates the commerce clauses, I have to stop here, just thinking about this is giving me a headache, Felix & Bloomberg need to quit taking whatever drugs they are on & actually start doing some work in the people’s interest. Perhaps they should start by reading Obama’s mandated study on “Gun Violence” Titled “Priorities
    for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence.” In an effort to bolster his support against gun ownership, Obama ordered this study, unfortunatly the results proved him to once again be on the wrong side of the evidence. Imagine that.Turns out that wherever gun ownership increased crime decreased,” well,gall darn! get Joe Biden & Eric Holder into my office right now, do they know how stupid they just made me look? And one other thing, round up a half dozen crayon scratchin kids that I can have as background while I give em the “Ol, If it can save just one childs life then that’s what I’ll do , even if I have to do it by Executive order.speech. Really? Really? you’re telling me that you are willing to endanger the lives of 300 million Americans by taking away their only means of leveling the playing fields with rapists,& murderes? Do me a solid ,keep your hands off my gun’s & my bible, & I won’t start the grassroots effort to have you brought to trial for squandering the people’s money. Hope you had a nice time looking for Kinte on the hundred million dollar vay-cay.We just paid for while the peoples house is closed to grade school kids for tours because we can’t afford the $15k a month for the sec. serv. overtime.I really would have thought that the money you saved us by canceling the only hot meal our troops were getting in Afganistan would have got us beyond that.

  • bacon artist

    Should we also mandate a liability insurance before someone can post anything on the Internet? (First amendment?)
    Or is this only reserved for the 2nd amendment because it is somehow inferior to the first?

  • Philip Markert

    If you look up that bill number on the assembly web site, the bill has nothing to do with guns. A bill that starts with “S” is a senate bill. This article has been copied by many news sites but has not been substantiated. This is a fake rehash of a similar bill requiring 250k insurance that never passed in Feb 2013. Check your facts before publishing this crap.


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