Preventing Gun Violence
Gun violence is one of the leading causes of death in America. Every single day in this country, dozens of children die from assault, suicide, gang related violence, mass shootings, and unintentional injuries from improper gun use. Our state is not immune to this problem. In 2016 alone, New York State reported 900 deaths due to gun-related causes. The majority of those deaths were from people who took their own lives. It is crucial that we take practical action at the state level to address this deadly epidemic.
My vision to ensure that innocent lives are protected, and that guns are being kept out of the hands of criminals, is as follows:
Supporting the “Red Flag Bill,” which has worked in other states to curb suicides and mass shootings. This bill empower educators, family members, and law enforcement officials to get a court-issued order of protection prohibiting individuals from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a gun if they are perceived to be likely to harm themselves or others.
Supporting Nicholas’s Law: The Child Access Prevention or Safe Weapon Storage Act, which would help keep guns out of reach of children by requiring gun owners to safely lock and store their guns. In states where similar laws have been enacted, suicides and unintentional gun deaths and injuries of children have fallen significantly.
Supporting legislation prohibiting hate crime offenders from purchasing or owning firearms.
Closing the Out-of-State Gun Permit Background Check Loophole by requiring residents of other states applying for a New York gun licenses to sign a waiver allowing New York to access their mental health records.
Closing the "boyfriend loophole," to prohibit people with a restraining order, or convicted of stalking from owning or purchasing a firearm.
Supporting local law enforcement in cracking down on the purchasing and trafficking of illegal guns.