New York State Senate Passes School Safety Measures

by Abel Hampton March 10, 2018, 0:31
New York State Senate Passes School Safety Measures

The package of legislation, five bills in all, aim to ban bump stocks, remove the gun rights of those thought to be a danger to themselves or involved in domestic violence, stretch out waiting background check periods to 10 days, and expand the scope of the checks themselves.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the majority's five-bill package approved Tuesday is another example of ny serving as "a national model for sensible gun laws" in the aftermath of mass shootings in the U.S.

On Monday, the Senate passed a series of so-called school safety measures that, among other steps, would require police officers at schools in New York City and provide grants to districts outside the city to hire retired law enforcement as school resource officers.

Although the bills were approved by large margins in the Assembly, they face an uphill climb in the GOP-controlled Senate, which has so far balked at any new gun control measures. Elaine Phillips (R-LI) also backed gun control measures such as the bump stock ban. The measures include state funding for armed police stationed in schools and other security upgrades.

Now, lawmakers will presumably try and combine these two package of bills from their two separate houses. The Republicans turned back efforts by Democrats to advance new restrictions on firearm access.

Some legislators voted no because the bill would allow state universities or colleges to be sued if students or others intentionally disrupt or hinder a campus speaker.

The Assembly's measure regarding domestic violence convictions and guns is similar to a proposal Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled as part of his 2018 agenda. Cuomo has said it should be up to Congress to pass any meaningful gun-control legislation.

"The point that we're trying to make here and this is where we walk away from our colleagues in the Senate is we don't think more guns is the answer", he said.


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