Friday, 14 December, 2018

NY joins forces with CT, NJ & RI for tougher gun laws

Candles glow at a memorial site to honor the 17 people who were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School NY joins forces with CT, NJ & RI for tougher gun laws
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 01:35

Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo and Conneticut's Dannel Malloy agreed. "Now, Rhode Island has some of the nation's strongest gun laws, but our nation has some of the weakest gun laws".

Students from across the country are rising up against gun violence in the aftermath of the Florida shooting.

"And we know what happens down south: they have these things, those guns get on I-95, and stops are made in Washington and Philadelphia and other cities, and in my state Bridgeport or Hartford or New Haven, and all the way up through New England". The coalition was created, the press release says, in the face of repeated federal inaction.

Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island created the States for Gun Safety Coalition, the governors announced in a conference call.

The four governors have entered into a memorandum of understanding to share information on firearms in an effort to trace and intercept illegal guns.

"We need to revolutionize the way the way the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes", the director of the CDC's National Center for Inquiry Prevention and Control said in 1994. We can not sit back and let guns get into the hands of those who shouldn't have them, and we can not simply watch nearly daily tragedy occur.

"Let's form a coalition of like-minded states. and try to move the ball forward", Murphy said. That is where they are going to go in Washington. Why?

"In light of that terrible tragedy we felt we wanted to accelerate", said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. "It's a way of saying we can't wait for the federal government to act". "But, even more importantly, a collective of states can take these steps together broaden the reach and impact of commonsense gun safety laws".

Malloy said CT has a law that prevents people with protective orders against them from continuing to possess or buy guns in the state. He said that information could be shared with the other states, along with state data about arrest warrants and protective orders that typically aren't included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. The agreement, in accordance with federal and state privacy protections, will provide state law enforcement agencies with details on the firearm purchase or permit denials for those who are disqualified.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state created a mental health database after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, where 26 children and adults were slain.

The announcement also included a plan for the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, which will feature experts across public policy, criminal justice, social welfare, and public health. Now, state institutions such as UConn can study that issue together.

Require background checks for private gun sales. "Gun laws save lives".