GOP State Senate Leader Flanagan Says His Party Is Working On Its Own Proposals

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republicans in the New York state Senate have blocked an effort by Democrats to force a vote on four gun control bills.

Democrats tried to bring the bills to the floor Wednesday but were overruled by the Senate’s GOP majority.

READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser

The bills would have strengthened background checks and funded research into gun violence. Others would have banned bump stocks and given the courts the ability to seize guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

MORETrump Reiterates Idea To Arm Teachers, Calls For Stronger Background Checks And Bump Stock Ban

READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Competitors Johnson & Johnson And Merck & Co. Teaming Up To Increase Supply

Lawmakers in several states are considering similar proposals following the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan of Long Island said before the vote that Republicans are working on their own proposals. Those focus on school security and stronger restrictions on access to firearms by those with mental illness.

MORE NEWS: Celebrity TV Doctor Dr. Oz Helps Rescue Man Who Collapsed At Newark Airport

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)