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Senate, Assembly go in opposite directions on post-Parkland gun measures

Senate, Assembly go in opposite directions on post-Parkland gun measures

Republicans in the Senate moved an alternative package on Monday, voting for bills that would bolster school security and add armed resource officers in schools.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his members don't want to wait for another mass shooting. The mental health professionals would work with students and faculty to identify anyone with a mental health issue who could pose a risk to safety in public or private schools.

The Assembly passed a package of five bills Tuesday afternoon, a day after the Republican-controlled state Senate passed 15 bills focused on improving school security following last month's shooting at a Florida high school. We urge the New York State Senate to follow the Assembly's lead, " Fisher said.

The bill, sponsored by Senator James Tedisco, a Republican, caused a ruckus on the Senate floor on Monday after a Democratic opponent, Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, derided the idea as "so harebrained" and voted against it.

Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said his group favors measures to better protect students in schools "rather than doing these insane, witch hunt-style laws that are not protecting anybody". "You want our law enforcement officials in the LOB (Legislative Office Building) and the Capitol to protect you, but don't put them in the schools".

Heastie said the Assembly supports school safety efforts but made it clear that the Senate package was inadequate. "Why are their backsides more important than our kids in our schools?"

Whether anything from either house becomes law is far from certain. Mr. Felder has been pressured to rejoin the Democrats, but has said that his decision to do so could come down to which party supports his efforts to get armed police officers in schools.

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"Just because these incidents happened recently in schools doesn't mean this is a school-only problem", Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, said Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo favors stronger gun control, but says it must be done at the federal level. "A state, by definition, can not handle this issue because the guns come in over the border".

It will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott to sign. She said she was concerned that too many people would be eligible to file a petition asking for the protective order against someone considered a threat to themselves or others.

Upstate Sen. John Bonacic said he would be willing to consider bans on bump stocks and extending the waiting period to purchase a gun so a more extensive background check is conducted.

Elaine Phillips (R-LI) also backed gun control measures such as the bump stock ban.

Democrats looked to expand the debate beyond school resource officers and other school safety measures that have drawn attention since a school shooting in Florida last month.