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Governor Cuomo signs 'Red Flag Bill'

Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 25, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that he says prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm.

According to the governor, the Red Flag Bill provides all necessary procedural safeguards to ensure that no firearm is removed without due process.

"Today, New York is proud to pass the first-in-the-nation Red Flag Bill that empowers school teachers to do something when they believe something bad is going to happen," the governor said in a statement. "New York led the way by passing the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, but more must be done to end this carnage."

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joined the governor in releasing a statement on the signing.

"These bills are bold and far-reaching, containing strong, comprehensive solutions to save lives and end the crisis of senseless gun violence in America," the leader of the house said in a statement. "Leaders in the State House and in the U.S. House must continue to work together to ensure that no other family is forced to endure the tragedy and heartbreak of gun violence, whether in our schools, in our places of worship, on our streets or in any place."

Gun shop owners in New York say this new legislation won't change the way they operate much.

The governor's office says that the new legislation builds on New York's gun laws and makes New York the first in the United States to empower its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention.