Governor Cuomo signs legislation to protect children from gunsChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 31, 2019
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation criminalizing weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector.
Empire State Andrew M. Cuomo
This legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and legislation Governor Cuomo signed extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation limiting an educational institution's ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms.
In the wake of a rising number of deadly school shootings occurring across our nation, many have suggested that teachers and other school employees should be trained and armed to help deter and prevent future school shootings, even though educators nationwide have disapproved of the idea of carrying guns.
Additionally, introducing guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence.
This legislation stipulates that educational institutions can't issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard.
The bill takes effect immediately. ■