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NEW YORK – Today the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement praising Governor Cuomo for signing a Red Flag bill into law.
“We are thrilled that New York now has a red flag law and confident that this common-sense policy will save lives,” said Erin DaCosta, volunteer leader with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and our legislators for their commitment to making New Yorkers safer and all of their hard work to bring this long-awaited law to fruition.”
This Red Flag law empowers families, law enforcement officers and school administrators to petition for a court-issued Extreme Risk Protection Order, which temporarily restricts a person’s access to firearms when they pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others. These orders help prevent mass shootings and firearm suicides by empowering those who recognize signs of danger to intervene, before warning signs escalate into gun violence tragedies.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs