U.S. governors, including Murphy, join forces on gun safety

  • U.S. governors, including Murphy, join forces on gun safety

U.S. governors, including Murphy, join forces on gun safety

We're all going to pass stronger gun laws in our states. "Rather than wait for the federal government to come to its senses and pass responsible gun safety legislation, NY is joining with New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island to take matters into our own hands".

The group's research will be aimed at filling the gap created by the federal government's "ban" on the use of federal funds to study the causes of gun violence as a public health issue, according to the memo. "The probability is they also go across the borders to make gun purchases and why not share that information?"

"There are people out there who should not have guns", Seeley said. "We need Congress to act but in the meantime, there are concrete things we can do to protect our families". The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the federal law enforcement agency that handles the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, said it generally does not comment on state and local matters.

The Governors say the coalition has been in the works for about a year but efforts were accelerated by the recent Florida massacre. "We can't wait for the federal government to act". Let's take it to the next step. For years, gun control advocates have said such research is hamstrung at the federal level.

The agreement further calls on the four states to share with one another information from their databases on who can not buy or own a gun in their respective borders. By sharing this information, states can more effectively prevent certain individuals from purchasing a gun, obtaining a weapon and/or getting a gun permit. People may be disqualified from owning a firearm for several reasons, including an arrest warrant, order of protection, debilitating mental health condition, or criminal history. They plan to urge other governors to join the group at a National Governors Association meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said it's still legal in her state to buy a military-style weapon, carry concealed firearms into schools and state buildings, and purchase high-capacity magazines - something she hopes to work with state lawmakers to change. It is not clear how the other states would act on it, given that the law in CT and New Jersey, for example, expressly forbids firearm purchases only by people who have been committed to a mental health center. The coalition of governors also will launch a Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium to research gun violence. The consortium will be comprised of dedicated public health, social welfare, public policy, and criminal justice experts who will share and examine data to better inform policymakers nationwide.

NICS, which searches three nationally held databases, is overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

"Rather than wait for the federal government to come to its senses and pass responsible gun safety legislation, NY is joining with New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island to take matters into our own hands".

NY is joining forces with its neighbors in the battle against gun violence. "The problem is mentally ill people and risky people having access to guns".