Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed to pass legislation in his first 100 days of his new term in an effort he says will make New York the nation’s leader in tough gun laws.
The governor says the scourge of gun violence in the nation is one of the most pressing issues of our time and he’s not waiting on the federal government to act on passing gun safety legislation.
The governor has vowed to pass the Red Flag Bill, also known as the extreme risk protection order bill. This would prevent individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from buying or having firearms.
With the state already having some of the strongest gun control measures in the union, some businesses, like Kinton Guns in Farmington, are concerned about freedoms, and wondered if this is truly the best way to patrol those who others say are a threat.
“My initial reaction is, there are a lot of people with no qualification to determine who should and shouldn’t own firearms, because of their own personal feelings,” says Timothy Kinton, shop owner. “There’s no real good way to police folks who they think are a danger to themselves or others to society. It could be something as simple as a ‘he said, she said’ type of situation.”
According to Albany, more than half of all perpetrators of mass shootings exhibit warning signs before a shooting, according to a recent analysis. The state says an extreme risk protection order could have prevented deaths. But Kinton believes it’s the violent person, not the object used, that’s to blame.
“I keep hearing people talking about ‘gun violence, gun violence’. It’s not really gun violence. It’s violence, the perpetrator happens to use a gun,” argues Kinton.
Governor Cuomo is also pushing for a bump stocks ban and looking into lengthier background checks, something Kinton feels might just be further overreach from Albany.