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Cuomo urges candidates to support gun control laws

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 17:27:51-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on Democratic Presidential Candidates to endorse the "Make America Safer Pledge."

The governor says democrats will only support a candidate with a clear, strong gun law program.

The pledge is a 4-point plan to keep Americans safe from gun violence following the attacks in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Cuomo is calling on candidates to support the following gun safety measures:

1. Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
2. Create a mental health data base to prevent the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing a firearm
3. Pass universal background checks closing the private gun sales loophole
4. Pass Red Flag legislation preventing individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm

Since passing the SAFE Act in 2013, 139,000 reports from mental health professionals have been received by New York State officials intended to keep weapons away from people with mental illnesses that are likely to "engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to self or others."