ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday signed legislation that prohibits schools from arming teaches in the classroom.
The latest state gun law limits an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds, and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms.
According to the Governor, the new legislation builds on New York’s strongest in the nation gun laws.
“The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we’re expanding New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children,” Cuomo said. “These measures will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don’t fall into dangerous hands.”
This legislation builds other recent gun control legislation in the state.
On Tuesday that criminalizes the manufacture, sale, transport and possession of firearms and major components of such weapons that are undetectable by a metal detector, including 3D printed guns. In addition, the legislation also expands laws requiring the safe storage of firearms.
On Monday, the governor signed legislation that extends the background check waiting period and also banning bump stocks.
Earlier this year, the state also enacted the Red Flag Bill, which prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm.