ALBANY – The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island are forming a coalition of like-minded states on gun control, hoping to make progress where they see the federal government has faltered.
The four Democrats, who include Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced the formation of “States for Gun Safety” on Thursday, about a week after the mass shooting at a Florida high school.
The group is creating a cross-state task force that will trace and intercept illegal guns, step up intelligence and information sharing among the participating states and create a regional gun violence research consortium.
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joined Cuomo in the announcement.
They’ll be urging others to join the coalition at this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting.