NEW YORK, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he is launching a statewide campaign to pass the first in the nation “red flag” legislation.
The legislation would ban individuals determined by a court likely to engage in conduct that would post a risk of harm to themselves or others from purchasing, possessing, or attempting to purchase a firearm in New York State.
The legislation would mark the second set of major gun safety reforms enacted by Cuomo.
The first reforms came via the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or SAFE, Act, which was passed in 2013.
The “red flag” bill would specifically allow teachers and educators to reach out to judges if they suspect students may be dealing with mental health issues and confiscate firearms that cannot be kept away from them.
Cuomo framed the gun control issue as a social crisis, noting that this year alone, there had been 23 school shootings across the country, leaving more children dead than soldiers fighting during the same time period.
The governor emphasized that he saw the bill as a matter of common sense, asserting that the issue transcended politics despite gun control being a controversial matter.
“New York will not stand idly by while Washington remains gridlocked on gun reform – hopelessly beholden to the gun lobby and the NRA,” Cuomo said. “We want to take the next step in New York and continue to make this state safer for everyone, while setting an example for the nation. The time for action and common-sense reform is now. Call your legislator today to pass the Red Flag bill to save lives.”