New York Gun Law First to Empower School Administrators and Teachers
New York has new gun legislation, the Red Flag Law. The bill actually passed the state senate and house last December, yesterday was the official signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo. So what does it mean?
New York joins about 12 other states in passing legislation intended to prevent mass shootings or at least alleviate some of them. New York's version though, has one twist the others don't. As the name suggests, when someone shows a "red flag" indicating they are a threat to do harm to themselves or others, courts can step in and seize their firearms.
The law, also known as, the extreme risk protection order bill, allows family members and police to present the evidence to a judge. New York is the first to add school administrators and teachers to the people who can petition the court.
Read the Governor's press release and watch the press conference in the video below.