NY Assembly passes ‘red flag’ bill as Cuomo stumps via school bus
By Chris Eger
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been touring the Empire State by school bus with gun control advocates in tow to garner support for a gun seizure bill facing an uphill battle in the state Senate. Republicans characterize it as a stunt as Cuomo runs for reelection. (Photo: Cuomo’s office)
Lawmakers in New York’s Democrat-heavy Assembly on Wednesday approved a gun seizure bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is crisscrossing the state to support on a road tour.
The measure, A.11148, would establish extreme risk protection orders in New York that could be used to temporarily seize, for a period of up to a year, the firearms and gun licenses of someone thought to be a danger to themselves or others. The bill passed the Assembly and was forwarded to the Republican-controlled state Senate where similar legislation failed to make the cut by a narrow margin earlier this year.
“Establishing extreme risk protection orders is a critical step towards preventing needless gun tragedies that have become far too common,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a statement. “Family and other household members are often the first to know when someone is experiencing a crisis or exhibiting dangerous behavior.”
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