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NY passes common sense gun legislation

NY passes common sense gun legislation

Gun control advocates say the Senate effort falls short.

Both houses of the State Legislature acted this week with new get-tough measures in the wake of last month's Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead.

"I give the New York State Senate Republicans a lot of credit for stepping up and naming the problem rather than trying to blame it on an inanimate object, " King said of the bills passed in the Senate.

The bills by Senate Republicans, introduced on Monday, would redefine school shooters as terrorists, require more active shooter drills at schools and implement sophisticated scanner technology to detect guns that someone might try to bring into a school.

Another Senate GOP measure would create a "Guardians for Schools" license plate to raise money to help pay for school resource officers. His group is the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. "You want our law enforcement officials in the LOB (Legislative Office Building) and the Capitol to protect you, but don't put them in the schools". Tedisco said during floor debate of the legislation.

Whether anything from either house becomes law is far from certain. Except this will be no easy task, since just last week the Senate shot down many similar gun proposals, the Assembly passed.

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"This is not normal", Heastie said. These bills, however, have more to do with improving security and would place armed officers in schools.

For his part, Cuomo has been on a campaign pressing for federal action, saying gun violence can not be controlled by states alone.

It will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott to sign.

It also includes a voluntary "guardian program" named after Coach Aaron Feis who was slain in the Parkland attack, which is meant to "aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises" by allowing some school employees to be armed. Under current law, buyers can obtain a gun they have purchased in three days if a federal background check is not completed.

Republican state Sen. Elaine Phillips of Nassau County, in a statement, said she supported additional gun control measures, including "banning bump stocks and military-style assault weapons, requiring comprehensive background checks, and providing mental health safeguards". Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents parts of Queens. Yet it is not the end, and we will continue to fight for other common sense gun safety measures.