Gov. Cuomo calls for endorsement of ‘Make America Safer Pledge’

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State lawmakers passed ‘Red Flag’ gun legislation during the past legislative session.

This winter, New York State approved Extreme Risk Protection Orders through the Red Flag law. That means members of law enforcement, school admins, and family or household members can seek a court order to block someone from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

It’s a continuation of the SAFE Act passed six years ago.

“Our mental health database, we now have 100,000 people, seriously ill people who were allowed to buy a gun in New York before the SAFE Act who now can’t buy a gun,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Now the governor is making a push for democrats running for president to back Red Flag legislation and other measures as part of his “Make America Safer Pledge.”

The pledge also includes universal background checks, creating a mental health database and outlawing “assault weapons and high capacity magazines.”

In a statement supporting the Governor’s pledge, New York State Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs said:

“It is time for the American public to come together and say enough is enough, and as voters, we need to know where candidates stand.”

Republican Assemblyman Chris Tague says in a statement that New York State has “the strictest gun control laws in the country” and that:

“These tragic incidents have generally circled around illegal handguns and those with mental health issues.”

He says “It’s a disservice to the conversation we’re having as a country right now to not also address mental health and how we as a state can be doing more.”

On WAMC Radio Wednesday, host Alan Chartock pointed out that a SAFE Act database for ammo sales hasn’t been finished yet.

“The SAFE Act is working 100 percent,” Gov. Cuomo said.

The SAFE Act was a response to the 2012 Sand Hook Elementary School shooting.

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