BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday vowed passage of legislation in the first 100 days of the new legislative session to combat gun violence.
It would include a ten day waiting period for anyone trying to purchase a gun, according to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "What happens is, right now, it;s only three days and that's not enough time to do a comprehensive background check when you think about you need a mental health check, a police record, you need to make sure that people who shouldn't have guns don't get their hands on guns."
Under the Red Flag Bill, teachers and school administrators would also have the ability to pursue court intervention to remove guns from a household if a student shows signs of being a threat to themselves or others. "This makes sense in order to protect the students because in 51% of the cases of mass shootings in a school, of you talk to the administrators and teachers, they saw the warning signs but were not empowered to do anything about it. But first of all it goes to a judge, there's no arbitrariness here. It says a judge has license to examine the situation and find out if there's access to guns."
But Budd Schroeder of the Shooters Committee on Political Education doesn't like where that could lead. "Let's say for example that you have a gun and your son got the teacher angry and they reported him as such, why would you have to lose the right to have your gun, and how long would it take to go through that, and what would be the cost ?"
Lt. Governor Hochul clarifies that each case would be vetted by a judge. "This is not the slippery slope that everyone says is going to happen, it's simply common sense gun safety legislation as part of our Red Flag legislation."
Last June, the governor launched a statewide campaign to pass the Red Flag Bill. In a press release Friday, he vows to pass these measures by April 1.