Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo met with gun safety advocates to discuss legislation that will be advanced today in Albany to help curb gun violence. Governor Cuomo included in his 2019 Justice Agenda legislation known as the Red Flag Bill to keep guns away from mentally ill and other potentially dangerous individuals as well as proposals to ban bump stocks and extend the waiting period for purchasing a gun. The Governor committed to passing these measures in the first 100 days of the 2019 Legislative Session.
“No one wants to take guns from legal owners who are mentally healthy.” Cuomo said. “We don’t want people who are mentally ill or past felons to have guns. That’s all this is. And any reasonable American who looks at what’s going on in this country, I believe agrees with that, if we can just de-politicize it.”
“This is such an important day for New York and really for the entire nation,” added Rebecca Fischer, the executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. “Because today, New York is once again setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo and our legislature, we are making New York’s gun laws even stronger and even safer.