Raimondo joins coalition of governors to fight gun violence | Audio


Raimondo said she will also push legislation in Rhode Island to address laws that allow military-style weapons, that allow high-capacity ammunition magazines and that allow carrying a concealed weapon in schools and government buildings.

"We refuse to allow federal inaction to enact common-sense gun safety laws [to] endanger the lives of our residents", said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, who has been a major proponent of gun reform since the deaths of over 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

That group will conduct studies to better inform policy makers. All four states in the coalition, to varying degrees, use protective orders as a basis for restricting gun sales.

NY will now share that information with the other states.

They say the cross-state task force will trace and intercept illegal guns, step up intelligence and information sharing among the states and create a regional gun violence research consortium.

The states will also share the findings of law enforcement agencies about where illegal guns came from and how they are transported to the Northeast.

"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.

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"We will look at the details of this proposal; Congresswoman Stefanik believes greater information sharing between states and the federal government is a key component in working to prevent these tragedies".

The four governors will urge others to join the coalition at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting.

These actions will be taken within the bounds of current state and federal laws, according to the memorandum.

In addition, the governors will designate institutes of higher education to create the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, described as the nation's first.

NY is joining forces with its neighbors in the battle against gun violence. People can be disqualified from owning firearms firearms because of an arrest warrant, order of protection, debilitating mental health condition or criminal history, among other reasons.

The nationwide gun debate continues to rage. Under SNUG, specially trained individuals are employed to reduce violence from occurring when tensions arise within their community, while also connecting high-risk individuals with essential social and support services. The funding for both initiatives is administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

All four governors agree what they are doing does not take the place of action on background checks and metal health that still need to be taken by Washington.