Saturday, 21 July, 2018

NY Assembly approves gun bills

Victims’ families support Florida governor’s safety proposal NY Assembly approves gun bills
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 14:56

The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed a five-bill package Tuesday afternoon, a day after the Senate GOP passed its own bills.

The school safety legislation passed by the state Senate requires all NY schools to hold at least two active-shooter drills each year, and authorized state financial aid to school districts that want to improve their safety technology and security in school buildings.

Cuomo has blasted federal inaction on guns, and said recent calls to restrict access to those under 21 are "incremental at best".

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.

Republican lawmakers are waiting out President Donald Trump, counting on him to change his mind or reduce his interest in gun control proposals he endorsed Wednesday but do not have much support among the party in the Senate or House, The Hill reported Monday. But he said he was heartened that the Senate included measures beyond just an expansion of school resource officers, including grants to create mental health coordinators in districts and an expedited process for using Smart School money on safety improvements. It would raise money to help pay for armed guards at schools, mental health counseling and security cameras at schools.

"We don't think more guns in schools is the answer, and we think we should be addressing the root cause of violence", Whyland told syracuse.com.

Mr. Tedisco rose immediately, calling Mr. Hoylman and other Democrats hypocrites for benefiting from security at the Capitol but not wanting the same for their constituents.

School safety was not part of the Assembly bills.

"I hope it makes you happy at the end of the day", Gianaris said.

Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said his group favors measures to better protect students in schools "rather than doing these insane, witch hunt-style laws that are not protecting anybody".

Gun control advocates say the Senate effort falls short.

While Senate Republicans support having an armed police presence in schools, Assembly Democrats remain staunchly against the idea.

Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) also called for tougher background checks on would-be firearm purchasers and a ban on gun ownership by "people who present an imminent threat to themselves and others".

Democrats in the Assembly on Tuesday were able to muscle through a series of increased regulations on guns and bans on some controversial devices.

Florida has seen three mass shootings in under two years - 49 were killed at an Orlando nightclub in 2016, five at Fort Lauderdale's worldwide airport in 2017, and now 17 in Parkland.