"While the federal government turns a blind eye to the scourge of gun violence ripping our nation apart and continues to allow this bloodshed to take parents and children away from their families, in New York we have taken action.
"This year we built on our strongest in the nation gun laws, including extending the background check waiting period to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. This long overdue law goes into effect today and make no mistake: it will save lives. This year we also enacted a Red Flag law and closed a loophole so law enforcement has more tools to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerously mentally ill people.
"This is the progress we could make on the national level if President Trump and Senate Republicans stop kotowing to the NRA. We know we can do it, we have already done it in New York. It is time for the federal government to act and pass universal background checks now. Until we do, these senseless tragedies will only continue."