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What's the legality of forcing gun owners to get insurance?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by usmarine0352_2005, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. usmarine0352_2005

    usmarine0352_2005 Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2005

    What's the legality of making gun owners buy insurance to own a gun?

    That can't be legal can it?


  2. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Senior Member

    May 2, 2012
    The Texas Hill Country
    It will be 'legal' until a court can be persuaded that this is equivalent to a poll tax: a financial barrier which either by design or effect inhibits free exercise of a civil right by citizens lacking means to pay for the 'privilege'.
  3. Frank Ettin

    Frank Ettin Moderator

    Apr 29, 2006
    California - San Francisco Bay Area
    If legislation to this effect is enacted, the question of legality will need to be worked out in court.
  4. va1911

    va1911 New Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    The same legality that forces us all to carry health insurance as of 2014.
  5. Alaska444

    Alaska444 member

    Oct 2, 2010
    :evil:Ahh, but that is a tax, didn't you hear?

    Yeah right.
  6. Bio-Chem

    Bio-Chem Member

    Oct 6, 2011
  7. Kybill

    Kybill New Member

    Feb 3, 2013
    Lexington, Ky
    Simple misdirection, it's another means to registration of your firearms.
  8. wildbilll

    wildbilll Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    The ability of government to impose a tax on you to coerce you to buy healthcare insurance is constitutional because there is no constitutional right to healthcare. Just like they can require insurance on cars.
    A mandate for the purchase of insurance to own a firearm is unconstitutional since it puts a precondition on the ability to exercise that right. What about the poor? Can they afford this insurance? What if someone owns a firearm, has insurance, they get into financial trouble. Must they give up their rights because they are unable to afford the insurance?
    It's a poll tax, plain and simple.
    If this goes forward, look for the entire tax structure regarding guns to get scrutiny.
    Taxes at the manufacturing level. Sales taxes. All of these are impediments to gun ownership.
    Taxes on the sales of newspapers, magazines, books.
  9. Phatty

    Phatty Active Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    A big problem with these mandatory gun insurance proposals is there is no guarantee that this type of insurance is available to everyone. You can't place a condition on the right to own a firearm that is impossible for a law-abiding citizen to meet.

    A related problem is that even if gun insurance was available to all, the price of insurance could be a significant burden on people. Take, for example, a low income person living in a high crime area where burglaries are common. An insurance company may decide that it will only insure that person if they pay a $2500 premium every month. The person can't afford the premium which prevents him from being able to own a firearm. In that case, the requirement would be clearly unconstitutional.

    The bigger picture here is that states such as California want to make gun owners liabile for other people's criminal acts with their guns. Under the current state of the law, if a person breaks into your house and steals your gun and then goes and murders somebody, the gun owner has no liability. So there is nothing to insure in the first place. Requiring insurance coverage only makes sense if the State also wants to change the law to make gun owners liable for other people's criminal acts.
  10. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Mentor

    May 10, 2005
    Kingsport Tennessee
    As I recall (and I don't have time to hit the archives) Tennessee at one time required handgun carry permit holders to have liability insurance as a condition of getting a permit. The "mainstream" insurance companies refused to insure HCP holders; mainstream insurance companies are gun-shy. A coalition (mostly certified firearms trainers IIRC) set up insurance for permit holders and after a trial period of no need to pay out (the "rivers of blood" never materialized) the whole idea was dropped from the revision of the TN HCP law.

    The worst recent murderer in my home town used a knife and a baseball bat to kill three people. Where's the knife owner insurance? Where's the bat owner insurance? According to rabidly anti-gun academic Steve Levitt, a swimming pool in the backyard is 100 times more likely to kill a kid than a handgun in the bedside table: what is the insurance requirement for swimming pools?

    Anti-gun politicians pushing gun insurance will probably want the insurance far more expensive than any risk (in any given year, there is one handgun murder for each ten thousand handguns in private hands nationwide) OR they'll find a way to pressure insurance companies into not offering the mandated insurance. I don't trust anti-gun propositions to be fair (due process, equal justice) or to survive any strict scrutiny test of cost v benefit.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  11. abajaj11

    abajaj11 New Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    If such a law is passed, how will they enforce that all gun owners have liability insurance if they do not know who the gun owners are? They will need a registry first.
    Also, the law can then be expanded to require different levels of insurance for different types of firearms. This will make the registry more detailed as well.
    registration is a very very bad idea. It leads to onerous inspections and then confiscation. It is the proven way to effectively disarm a population in a peaceful way, and then do what you want with the populace.
  12. Sol

    Sol Active Member

    Jul 29, 2011
    I don't know, what's the legality in forcing everyone into getting healthcare?
  13. 45_auto

    45_auto Senior Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Southern Louisiana
    You should go up to post #4 and read this thread starting from there.
  14. Xelera

    Xelera New Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Columbia, MO
    States often pay out large settlements in response to some nut going on a rampage. Those families in Connecticut are going to see a large chunk of money come their way from the school district, city, and state.

    The logic being applied by the state, is that city, county, state agencies should not be responsible for paying out these settlements in the event a firearm was used in the commission of a crime.

    The reasoning against requiring private insurance for owning a firearm, is that those government agencies pay millions for a single person sometimes, in court/legal fees, because it is a Constitutional right to have representative counsel.

    6th Amendment:
    The whole "if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you" in the Miranda rights statement. Now, if you can afford an attorney, or you choose to pay out your rear for a good defense attorney instead of a second year law school grad who couldn't get work anywhere else besides a public defenders office because of mediocre grades and you don't want to chance your future to them, then you assume those costs.

    So if you cannot afford the costs of insurance, your state has to pay for it for you, to preclude "infringing" on firearms rights. If that gets thrown back in their faces, they may wind up paying more in firearm insurance for the low income gun owners in their states, than they would be paying out in an occasional settlement.

    The other drawback is that you have to prove insurance for each firearm, meaning it is a de facto gun registration program. Law enforcement does not have the right to stop you on the street just to ask if you have car insurance, so what would be the probable cause to justify checking for firearm insurance? Simply possessing a firearm at the range? Not even close to meeting probable cause.

    Mandatory firearm insurance is a slippery slope, and the reason not even CA, IL, MA, MD, etc... have succesfully passed it yet, let alone had it get past the courts.
  15. xXxplosive

    xXxplosive Participating Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Jersey
    They are tryin' everything and anything to disarm the public.......keep your SA up...what's next ?
  16. browneu

    browneu Active Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    Lets say they get this passed. What happens when someone gets shot and they cannot find the suspect. Will the victim's health insurance cover the medical costs or will people need to buy uninsured gun owners insurance, like uninsured motorists, to cover the costs.

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  17. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    I dunno about legality, but if instated it should be on the same guidelines as auto insurance.

    If not carried in public, no insurance required.
    Cost of premiums based on risk to insurer per demographics. That would require criminals and mentally unstable to pay the highest premiums (yeah, sure), fairly high for metro area residents (the main anti gun group) and no charge for 99% of firearms owners who historically are not involved in committing violence.

    Yeah, that's the ticket! :rolleyes:
  18. JohnBT

    JohnBT Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    "It's a poll tax"

    Correct. They can enact it, but eventually it'll go the way of the poll tax.

    Let's look at the 24th Amendment. Or the wiki version because that's what came up in the search.


    "prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax."

    You can't force folks to pay a tax before they exercise their right to vote.

    Right to vote; right to bear arms.

  19. groundhog34

    groundhog34 New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    The Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare sets a dangerous precedent. Obama will try anything to get your guns.
  20. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 New Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    Louisville, Ky.
    The government decides that whatever it wants to do is legal unless someone takes action and a court says different.

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