Cuomo introduces bill to expand gun seizures from students

Cuomo introduces bill to expand gun seizures from students
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow school officials to request guns be taken from students if there is “probable cause” to believe the student may harm themselves or anyone else.

“Parkland sparked an outrage, where at one point, people say, enough is enough,” Cuomo said at a press conference, according to Politico

The governor, who is facing a primary challenge from the left in his bid for reelection, was referring to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida in February, which left 17 dead. 

“A teacher should have recourse," he said. "We’re also talking about teachers' safety here — right now you have teachers in the situation where there’s nothing they can do, and it’s frightening.”


Under the terms of Cuomo’s proposal, a school official could ask an judge to issue an order that would prohibit a student from buying or possessing a gun if there is “probable cause to believe the respondent is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to himself, herself, or others.”

The proposal would also call a judge to examine the “threat of violence or use of force,” history of substance abuse and firearms purchases, in addition to orders of protection each student’s case.

The new proposal arrives on the heels of legislation the New York governor announced back in March that would strip all firearms from New Yorkers convicted of domestic violence, updating a previous law that prohibited abusers from owning handguns.

Cuomo will face actress Cynthia Nixon in New York's Democratic gubernatorial primary on September 13.