Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday he wants to pass stricter gun control regulations in the first 100 days of the legislative session.
The Red Flag Law would enable courts to order the temporary seizure of firearms from citizens displaying ‘violent behavior.’
Individuals can report others they believe pose a severe threat to themselves or others.
The law aims to negate potential school shootings by allowing school staff to report students they feel could be dangerous.
Gun owners say keeping guns out of the hands of certain people is necessary, but this legislation is an overstep.
“who am I to say you’re a danger to anybody, and anybody can say it about anybody, and they’re going to lose their guns instantly, and then deal with the ramifications afterwards.. and that’s my problem with it,” Donald Menillo, who works at New York Shooter Supply, said.
They worry law-abiding gun owners would be punished, while criminals continue to circumvent gun laws.
“Guns are dangerous in the wrong hands.. I get that.. but the bottom line is.. a gun law is only being applied to a law abiding citizen,” Menillo said.
A local pastor who holds a gun buyback program every year says the legislation makes sense, but worries it may hurt legal gun owners.
“We’ve got to be careful not to trample on and not to take away the rights of good decent gun owners,” Charlie Muller, pastor at Victory Christian Church and a member of the National Rifle Association, said.