NY Gov. tours for gun bill

Monday, June 11, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo began a school bus tour of New York state Monday intended to build support for a proposal to allow parents or teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from homes of troubled students.

The Democrat kicked off the trip with stops in Long Island and the Bronx, where he blasted Washington inaction in the face of the growing number of school shootings across the country. While he has acknowledged his latest idea faces significant Republican opposition in the Legislature, he said it would be wrong not to try.

The proposal would give legal standing to teachers, school administrators and parents to ask a judge to evaluate a child they believe is a threat to themselves or others. The judge could then order the confiscation of firearms in the child's home. While many states have laws allowing judges to confiscate guns from people deemed a danger, Cuomo says his proposal is the first of its kind in the nation.

The bill faces long odds of passing soon. Lawmakers intend to wrap up their work for the year next week, leaving them with little time for such a contentious and complicated issue. While the bill should easily pass the Democrat-led Assembly, it will face scrutiny in the GOP-led state Senate, where members have called for more armed school security officers.