Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Linda Beigel Schulman

New York Governor's Office

NY Legislature Passes Bill To Prohibit Arming Teachers, Other Gun Control Measures

January 29, 2019 - 3:24 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) New York's Legislature approved a package of bills aimed at making the state's already tough gun laws even stricter on Tuesday.

One bill prohibits teachers from carrying guns in schools. The legislation would prevent schools from authorizing anyone except security officers, school resource officers or police to carry a firearm on school grounds.

“While hundreds of districts across the country have decided to arm teachers in response to mass shootings, in New York, we said, not here,” said Sen. Todd Kaminsky. “Arming classroom teachers is dangerous and takes our focus off of getting weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them.”

Another measure, called the "Red Flag Bill," allows police, family members, teachers or school administrators to ask a court to have evaluated the mental condition of any person with access to a gun. If the individual fails a doctor's check the gun, or guns, will be removed.

"We see so many of these teachers who are interviewed after tragic incidents say, 'We knew there was a problem, we knew something was wrong, but what could we do?' Family members who say, 'I knew there was something wrong, but what could we do?' Well there should be something to do," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Linda Beigel Schulman, whose 35-year-old son, Scott, was killed in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, praised the legislation and Cuomo.

"No matter how senseless and no matter how incomprehensible the Parkland massacre was, Scott's murder was, when we pass the Red Flag law, thanks to you and the Legislature but so thanks to you, Scott's murder will now save lives," said Schulman, who

Other approved bills include banning bump stocks, extending the waiting period from three to 30 days for inconclusive background checks and allowing mental health background checks on gun buyers from outside New York.

Cuomo is expected to sign the measures into law.