NEW YORK - In response to the recent mass shootings, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on the Democratic presidential candidates to endorse a pledge to make America safer from gun violence and hate.
The governor mapped out a four-point plan for his "Make America Safer" pledge.
It calls on Democratic presidential candidates to outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, create a mental health data base to prevent the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing a firearm, pass universal background checks, and pass Red Flag legislation preventing individuals who pose a risk from purchasing a firearm.
Cuomo condemned President Donald Trump on his lax ideologies on gun laws and urged Congress to follow New York's lead and pass significant gun safety measures.
"This is a moment for change. We had a moment for change after Sandy Hook, Connecticut. In New York, we stepped up and we did it. But the moment doesn't happen Rocco, without leadership. Every Democratic candidate should have the same basic position. What we did in New York Six years ago. What we proved worked. We don't have to experiment, we were the labaratory," Cuomo said.
Under Governor Cuomo, New York passed some of the strictest gun safety laws in the nation.
They include the SAFE Act which keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and individuals with a mental illness.