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Some lawmakers want gun owners to carry insurance

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An Upstate woman shows her concealed carry gun. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate woman shows her concealed carry gun. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Car owners are required to have insurance, to protect themselves and others in the case of a wreck, and now some lawmakers want gun owners to carry insurance too.

The idea of requiring gun owners to buy liability insurance is gaining steam among some lawmakers nationwide, including by a city council member in Washington, D.C.

Council member Mary Cheh recently proposed a bill that would compensate and protect those injured or killed by gunfire through a suggested $250,000 policy, but there's no word on how much that will cost gun owners.

Some Upstate gun owners thought the idea was impractical.

"It just sounds a little impractical, sounds like a ploy to cause gun owners to have to pay more to own a gun," said gun owner Rick Murray.

And Upstate Senator Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said he does not see a policy requirement like that making its way to South Carolina.

"It's more over the top gun regulation you hear being proposed in large cities and some states, but you're not going to see anything like that in South Carolina," Martin said.

Michael Oliver with State Farm Insurance in Greenville said many owners already have a policy on their guns, but there is a maximum coverage limit of $2,500 for any one firearm.

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