Cuomo joins governors in coalition to fight gun violence

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A memorandum of understanding among governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island creates a task force from the four states that will analyze and share information on guns purchased outside of the region that were involved in crimes, with the aim of intercepting people suspected of illegally bringing guns across the four states' borders.

In an effort to combat gun violence, tri-state area governors on Thursday announced the creation of the "States for Gun Safety" coalition as well as a consortium to asses gun violence data.

"Gun violence is not a New Jersey problem, a NY problem, a CT problem, a Rhode Island problem, or a problem for any particular state or region - it is a national problem", New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said. The others may have to pass additional laws to prevent those individuals from buying guns within its borders, but the governors argued the coalition is a step in the right direction.

During the conference call, Malloy highlighted the efforts that CT took after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, including banning the sale of assault weapons and taking mental health and school safety steps.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the federal response to gun safety has been "absurd". "This idea that we're going to be safer because we have more arms doesn't work very well in Syria, doesn't work very well in Iraq, and probably won't work very well here", he said in the CNN interview. 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. The four state fusion centers that will jointly share information under this agreement are the New York State Intelligence Center, the Connecticut Intelligence Center, New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center, and the Rhode Island State Fusion Center. The coalition of governors also will launch a Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium to research gun violence.


Multi-state partnership will make efforts to reduce gun violence.

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.

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. From California to Florida, teenagers walked out of classes, stopped traffic and made speeches calling for government officials and lawmakers to take actions to ensure school safety.

Require background checks for private gun sales.

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