Saying they can't wait for the federal government to take action, governors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island announced on Thursday that they are forming a coalition to collaborate as a region to prevent gun violence. Phil Murphy said the shooting accelerated their idea to form the coalition, which has been in the works for about a year. The four governors, all Democrats, will be urging others to join the coalition at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting.
Cuomo said the "groundbreaking partnership" to prevent illegal guns from crossing state lines would "be able to better inform policymakers nationwide on how to keep their communities safe". "We are taking law-abiding citizens and making them criminals. The problem is not school shootings". Marco Rubio, for offering no meaningful steps to address gun violence in the wake of last week's massacre of 17 students at high school in Parkland, Fla.
"We want to send a powerful message to the entire country that it's possible to strengthen gun laws and save lives", said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.
CT has a law barring people subject to a temporary restraining order from buying guns, but those people can easily travel to another state and purchase a firearm, Malloy said.
The coalition will allow the states to share information regarding people who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. "The problem is mentally ill people and unsafe people having access to guns".
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The system also puts member states in a better position to determine "the fitness and suitability of a gun applicant or owner" to prevent high-risk individuals from obtaining weapons in the first place, according to the memorandum signed today.
"Putting ourselves in the shoes of these kids, they want answers, they want action and they are afraid, so it hasn't been a surprise to me that the kids are leading", Raimondo said. The agreement, in accordance with federal and state privacy protections, will provide state law enforcement agencies with details on the firearm purchase or permit denials for those who are disqualified.
Murphy noted how Democratic governors similarly banded together to form the United States Climate Alliance, agreeing to adhere to the terms of the Paris climate agreement despite President Donald Trump's move to withdraw the US from the deal.
"I think you could argue with great credibility and passion that states and governors will have never mattered more in the absence of federal action or the unwinding of federal action", Murphy said.
Require background checks for private gun sales.