Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement on Thursday reiterated new gun control measures will be made in the new legislative session after 12 people were killed at a bar in California.
“In New York, we are not waiting for the federal government to act,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We already have the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, and in the upcoming legislative session we will take additional steps to make our laws even stronger to keep our communities safe.”
Cuomo has backed legislation that would bar people deemed to be dangerous to themselves and others from possessing a firearm. The so-called “red flag” legislation has the support of Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate, where the party has gained a majority in Tuesday’s elections.
“Thoughts and prayers will not address the scourge of gun violence, we must take action and show leadership,” said Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is expected to become the Senate majority leader. “The Senate Democrats have pushed for common sense gun safety legislation and we will ensure that New Yorkers are protected from dangerous individuals and weapons of war.”
Cuomo has made gun control a signature issue for him while in office, pushing through the SAFE Act in 2013 in the wake of a shooting at an elementary school, a package of measures that angered gun-rights supporters in New York.
This year, lawmakers approved a bill that tightened restrictions on gun possession for those who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.
“Over a year after the shooting in Las Vegas, this tragedy is another painful reminder of the scourge of gun violence that continues to plague our society,” Cuomo said.
“These acts of senseless violence are occurring with frightening regularity, and yet Washington has resigned itself to doing nothing. Thoughts and prayers will not prevent another shooting—but action can. Two days ago, Americans made clear that they want a return to reasonable politics. We are resolved to do all we can to uphold that vision, and to make our streets safe as well.”