"I applaud Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and their Assembly colleagues for standing with students, parents and teachers in this state and taking action to keep our schools safe. The red flag gun protection bill, also commonly referred to as the extreme risk protection order bill, is a common-sense but urgent measure to protect our communities from the threat of senseless gun violence.
"The scourge of gun violence has shaken this nation to its core, and yet the federal government in Washington, beholden to its NRA masters, has failed to take action. If the federal government won't act, then New York will lead. We passed the nation's strongest gun safety laws in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and today we are taking another step forward to keep New Yorkers safe.
"I call on the State Senate to pass this bill without delay. Republican members of the Assembly put children above the NRA—all we need is one to show that kind of backbone in the Senate. It's time for the Republicans in Albany to put politics aside and listen to their constituents who are saying 'enough is enough.' The cost of inaction is simply too high."