June 13, 2018 04:06 PM
Governor Cuomo's "Red Flag" gun protection bill passed in the State Assembly Wednesday.
The bill would give legal standing to teachers, school administrators and parents to ask a judge to evaluate a child they believe is a threat to themselves or others. A judge would then be allowed to order the confiscation of firearms in the child's home.
Cuomo calls the bill "common sense" and even blasted Washington's inaction in the face of the growing number of school shootings across the country.
Although Cuomo knew would cause severe pushback from Republicans and the NRA, he also knew it was wrong not to try.
Cuomo released the following statement on the passage of the bill in the assembly Wednesday:
"I applaud Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and their Assembly colleagues for standing with students, parents and teachers in this state and taking action to keep our schools safe. The red flag gun protection bill, also commonly referred to as the extreme risk protection order bill, is a common-sense but urgent measure to protect our communities from the threat of senseless gun violence.
The scourge of gun violence has shaken this nation to its core, and yet the federal government in Washington, beholden to its NRA masters, has failed to take action. If the federal government won't act, then New York will lead. We passed the nation's strongest gun safety laws in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and today we are taking another step forward to keep New Yorkers safe.
I call on the State Senate to pass this bill without delay. Republican members of the Assembly put children above the NRA—all we need is one to show that kind of backbone in the Senate. It's time for the Republicans in Albany to put politics aside and listen to their constituents who are saying 'enough is enough.' The cost of inaction is simply too high."
Updated: June 13, 2018 04:06 PM
Created: June 13, 2018 03:56 PM
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