New York could be first state in the nation to give teachers the power to keep guns out of students’ hands
- Gov. Cuomo proposed a bill that would give teachers the power to petition a judge to take guns away from students likely to harm themselves or others
- Parents of those students wouldn’t lose their guns, but be required to temporarily secure them away from the minor considered to be a danger
- If passed, New York would be the first state to give teachers that authority
- Currently, other states allow police and family members to make such petitions
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new legislation Tuesday that would make New York State the first in the nation to give teachers the power to keep guns out of kids’ hands.
If passed, the proposal would create a new type of court order called an ‘extreme risk protection order.’
It would allow family members, police officers and teachers or school administrators to petition the state Supreme Court system, arguing that someone is likely to harm themselves or others and they shouldn’t be allowed access to guns.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces legislation on June 5, 2018 that would give teachers the power to petition the court to keep guns away from students they suspect could harm themselves or others. Cuomo (right) said the legislation was a better alternative to arming teachers. Parkland school shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond (left) joined Cuomo for the announcement, echoing her support for the proposed measure
If the court found the complaints legitimate, a judge could issue a temporary order restricting that person from purchasing, owning or having access to any type of firearm.
The National Rifle Association did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Cuomo said Tuesday that the legislation, which he’s calling the ‘Red Flag Bill,’ is a better solution than President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers in the classroom.
‘That makes absolutely no sense to us,’ Cuomo said of Trump’s suggestion. ‘But a teacher should have recourse. We’re also talking about teachers’ safety here. and right now you have the teachers in a situation where there’s nothing they can do, and it’s frightening.’
The governor’s office noted that students and teachers had expressed concerns about Nikolas Cruz before the 19-year-old former student was arrested in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in the attack.
A spokesman for Cuomo said the law wouldn’t take guns away from parents whose children were brought before the court – but judges could require parents to have a secure method (such as a safe) for storing any weapons away from a minor under an extreme risk protection order.