Governor Cuomo: "It is incumbent upon all Democrats to give the American people a clear alternative to President Trump on the issue of hate and guns and end this mass carnage that has become the status quo."
Cuomo Calls On Democratic Presidential Candidates to Follow New York's Lead and Emulate Strongest Gun Safety Laws in the Nation
Cuomo Says New York Democrats Will Only Support a Candidate with a Clear, Strong Gun Law Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the Democratic presidential candidates to endorse the "Make America Safer Pledge," a 4-point plan to keep Americans safe from gun violence. Immediately following the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio earlier this week, Governor Cuomo condemned President Trump and urged the U.S. Congress to follow New York's lead and pass significant gun safety measures. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has passed the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, including the SAFE Act in 2013 which keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and individuals with a mental illness, ensures private gun sales are subject to a background check, bans high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and toughens criminal penalties for illegal gun use.
Make America Safer Pledge
Governor Cuomo called on the Democratic presidential candidates to support the following gun safety measures:
- Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Create a mental health data base to prevent the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing a firearm
- Pass universal background checks closing the private gun sales loophole
- Pass Red Flag legislation preventing individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm
Following the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2013, Governor Cuomo immediately took action by championing and passing the SAFE Act, which enacted the strongest gun control laws in the nation. Since the passage of the SAFE Act, 139,371 reports from mental health professionals have been received by state officials intended to keep weapons away from people with mental illnesses that are likely to "engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to self or others." These reports - which represent nearly 98,000 people with a potential dangerous mental disposition - are used to notify appropriate local licensing officials who suspend or revoke weapon licenses and prompt local law enforcement officials to remove weapons that are not surrendered.
New York State passed the laws six years ago and they have worked. No legal gun owners' rights have been violated but unnecessary, dangerous weapons are off the streets and dangerously mentally ill people cannot by guns. New York State is the laboratory, we provided the experiment. Now do it nationwide.