ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to pass a "red flag" gun bill has picked up a powerful opponent: The National Rifle Association.
The NRA came out this week against Cuomo's bill, urging members to contact lawmakers in the closely divided Senate and push for its defeat.
Cuomo's legislation would allow school officials and family members to seek a court order blocking someone from purchasing or possessing firearms in New York if they pose an "extreme risk" to themselves or others.
The Democrat-led state Assembly passed the bill Wednesday in an 87-29 vote.
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Source: Democrat & Chronicle
Governor Cuomo issued the following statement regarding the NRA's effort to defeat the bill.
"The NRA is once again showing its true colors by coming out against a common-sense measure to prevent school shootings and save lives. The NRA has opposed every single gun safety measure we have put forward in New York because the only thing they care about is selling more guns.
"When the NRA is coming after you, you know you're doing something right. I have never backed down to the NRA at any point in my life, and I don't plan to start now.
"Now it's time that the Republican legislators in Albany put the lives of their constituents before the NRA and take real action against the scourge of deadly gun violence."
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo