Four Democratic Governors Band Together Against Gun Violence

Phillip Cunningham
February 25, 2018

The coalition will aim to stop the flow of black market guns, better share information between law enforcement on people who potentially pose a threat and work in conjunction on gun safety legislation, the news release states.

Malloy said CT has a law that prevents people with protective orders against them from continuing to possess guns and buying guns, and it makes sense to share that information with bordering states. "We need Congress to act but in the meantime, there are concrete things we can do to protect our families". All four states in the coalition, to varying degrees, use protective orders as a basis for restricting gun sales.

Ortiz said she remembers when she attended public school in New York City in the 1980s, the school entrances had metal detectors.

The states will collaborate on several fronts, including creating a multi-state task force to trace and intercept illegal guns and establishing a regional gun violence research consortium through their public colleges and universities.

The states will also share the findings of law enforcement agencies about where illegal guns came from and how they are transported to the Northeast. Phil Murphy said the shooting accelerated their idea to form the coalition, which has been in the works for about a year. "However, we can not wait for Congress or the President to act".

"I think you could argue with great credibility and passion that states and governors will have never mattered more in the absence of federal action or the unwinding of federal action", Murphy said.

The four states will also designate institutions of higher education to partner and create the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium. The group was formed by each state's Democratic governor.

NY and CT both passed new gun restrictions after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. People can be disqualified from owning firearms firearms because of an arrest warrant, order of protection, debilitating mental health condition or criminal history, among other reasons.

In addition to the SAFE Act, New York has continued to invest in the SNUG and GIVE initiatives which engage with community members to help get guns off the street.

She also said that the four governors in the coalition would press other governors to join them at a meeting this weekend of the National Governors Association. The funding for both initiatives is administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Cuomo described the measures recently floated in Washington, including a ban on so-called bump-stocks and an increase in the age at which teens can purchase assault rifles, as "crumbs" that would do little to curb violence.

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