New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of legislation over the past few days to further strengthen the state’s gun safety laws.
The state already has the strictest laws to prevent gun violence, a major problem across the country.
Gov. Cuomo’s decision to approve a number of gun safety legislation comes after the recent mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Four people died including the shooter and 15 others were injured at the event last Sunday.
New York State does not allow teachers to carry a gun in school grounds
On Wednesday, the New York Governor approved a bill prohibiting educational institutions from authorizing teachers to carry a gun in school grounds.
Additionally, Gov. Cuomo inked a bill mandating the State Police to establish statewide regulations to improve the existing gun buyback program. The legislation also authorizes the State Police to create new programs to safely remove illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms.
In a statement, Gov. Cuomo said, “The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we’re expanding New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children.”
These measures will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don’t fall into dangerous hands.”
On the other hand, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul commented, “Senseless and horrific gun violence continues to impact children and families across the nation. In New York, we’re proud to lead the nation with common sense gun safety measures to protect New Yorkers.
“This legislation will prevent teachers from being armed and establishes gun buyback programs to keep firearms off school grounds and ensure the protection of young people. While the federal government turns its back on gun violence and prevention, we’re committed to preventing tragedies and saving lives,” she added.
New York extends waiting period for background checks, ban bump stocks
On Monday, the Governor also approved a bill extending the waiting period for background check to 30 days and prohibiting ownership or sale of bump stocks.
Extending the waiting period provides law enforcement enough time to complete a background check. It also helps law enforcement ensure that only those eligible to buy a gun will be able to do so.
Furhernore, Gov. Cuomo inked a legislation banning undetectable or 3D printed guns and expanding the firearm storage law to protect children.