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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

State Assembly passes five gun control bills

State Assembly passes five gun control bills

Ryan said the Assembly is open to those conversations, but notes there's nothing in state law preventing a school from hiring a resource officer.

America's long moribund gun control debate was revived by survivors of the Parkland shooting, who a day after their school was attacked launched the "Never Again" movement demanding legislative action.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), at a news conference, said "thoughts and prayers are not enough" to halt the steady stream of mass shootings in the United States.

Senate Deputy Democratic Leader Michael Gianaris, from Queens, called the license plate bill "embarrassing" in the face of the mass shootings, but said he's reluctantly a supporter.

The bills instead focus on classifying schools shooters as terrorists, requiring more active shooter drills at schools, and putting in scanners to detect any guns.

Although House Republicans face a hard election, Cook said Monday that the GOP's Senate majority is safer due to the number of Democrats facing reelection in states Trump won by wide margins.

Meanwhile, Democrat legislators said the guardian program was a "poison pill" in a law otherwise taking necessary steps towards gun control. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, to pay for districts to have "school resource officers, " which could come from the ranks of current and retired law enforcement, stationed and armed on school grounds.

Heastie said the Assembly could support some of the concepts pushed in the Senate school safety package. He said permitting armed guards in schools sends "the wrong message" to students and "gives a false sense of security".

Creating a "extreme risk protection order" to be signed by a judge in cases where people are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.

Upstate Sen. John Bonacic said he would be willing to consider bans on bump stocks and extending the waiting period to purchase a gun so a more extensive background check is conducted. Elaine Phillips (R-LI) also backed gun control measures such as the bump stock ban.

Democrats argued Tedicso's proposal, along with other Republican bills approved by the Senate on Monday, were created to make small safety improvments without addressing larger issues of gun violence in and out of shools.

Senate Democrats, who this year are seeking to wrest control of the 63-member from the GOP, hit Senate Republicans on the floor Monday and via the media on Tuesday.

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