ALBANY, NY (WROC) – New York state lawmakers have approved a package of gun reform laws proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo which build on the SAFE Act.
Included in the legislative package is the Red Flag Bill which allows the state to seize weapons from people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others.
Another change: The legislation extends the waiting period for weapons from three days to as many as 30 days.
“The law says a state can restrict the Second Amendment with sensible regulation,” the governor explains. “Until you pass a background check, right now it’s three days… If you don’t [fail] a background check in three days, you can buy a gun. If the government can’t prove a reason why you can’t in three days, then you have the right. How far can you extend the three days without triggering a constitutional argument… I think you are right up on the edge at about 30.”
Cuomo says the point of these laws is to prevent mentally unstable people from possessing firearms.
Other parts of the package would also block schools from arming teachers. Under that law, school would only be able to authorize workers who are “primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard” to carry a gun.
The newly passed legislation will also create a statewide gun buyback program overseen by state police.