NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the “Red Flag” gun control bill Monday.

The Red Flag Bill prevents people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms. If passed, it would make New York the first in the United States to give teachers and school administrators the possibility to prevent a school shooting with court action.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sign the ‘Red Flag Bill’ on Feb. 25, 2018. (credit: CBSN New York)

“To all the survivors and their families, to advocates, to the moms who demand action, you’re getting it today,” Cuomo said.

The made the announcement at John Jay College.

It’s called an extreme order of protection, CBSN New York’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“New York is proud of what we’ve done on the issue of gun violence,” Cuomo said, touting passage of the SAFE Act, which banned assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and required background checks for private sales. “If you don’t have a background check on private sales you have nothing.”

Watch: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi Sign ‘Red Flag Bill’ 

“Today New York is proud once again to pass a first in the nation. The Red Flag Bill, which empowers school teachers to do something when they believe something bad is going to happen. And we empower school teachers not by giving them guns, which is the president’s idea. I mean, how ludicrous a concept: Arm the teacher so when the bad person comes into the classroom there can be a shootout in the classroom. I mean, it is really ludicrous and nonsensical. No, arm and empower the teacher with the law, so that when they see there’s a problem… or a family member sees there’s a problem and believes that person can be a danger to themselves or others, they can go to a judge and say ‘Judge, please do an evaluation.’ It is common sense. If you believe that was going to happen, why would you sit back and do nothing? You protect the individual’s rights because you go to a judge and there’s a court ordered evaluation. Over half of the school shootings, the teachers now say there were signs. There were signs in the person’s behavior, in the destructiveness, students who were suicidal, over half the time there were signs. And if that teacher or that administrator had recourse and could’ve gone to a judge and said ‘Please do an evaluation. I think this young person needs help. Please help them.’ How many lives could have been saved?” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said this “has to be done nationally” because it’s too easy for guns come across state lines.

“This gun violence issue is a national health epidemic in our country,” Pelosi said. “And Mr. President, if you want to talk about emergencies, this is an emergency.”

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Pelosi also called for background checks on all gun sales, saying that Congress would take up a series of measures all week long taking aim at gun violence.

“It’s not about taking guns away from people. It’s just making sure that the law is effective and doing a background check in a timely way,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi also brought up the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the border.

“This is not about politics. It’s not about partisanship. It’s about patriotism. It’s about the constitution of the United States of America,” Pelosi said, adding that, under Article 1, the legislative branch has the power of the purse. “So this is not about partisanship. This is about saying we must honor our oath of office. To let the executive branch get away with this assault on the constitution, we would be delinquent in our duty to the oath of office that we take and defile the core, the heart, of the constitution, which is the separation of powers, co-equal branches of government as a check and balance on each other.”

Comments (15)
  1. Dave Kane says:

    There is nothing preventing a family, teacher or school from doing this without red flag laws. A judge can order a psych eval and if the person in question has been adjudicated as being mentally unfit, they can then be prohibited.

    “No, arm and empower the teacher with the law, so that when they see there’s a problem… or a family member sees there’s a problem and believes that person can be a danger to themselves or others, they can go to a judge and say ‘Judge, please do an evaluation’.”

    1. Gene Rey says:

      Cuomo is why the 2nd Amendment was written and should be used. Hopefully somebody will do just that; I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. The POS is following in Mussolini’s footsteps.

      1. Bruce Hahn says:

        These mindless people are going to start a civil war. most gun owners will not give them up without a fight.

  2. Ken Connolly says:

    It will never stick! When they believe something bad is “going to happen”. So if I dislike another student I can call and say he’s a threat and turn his life upside down? Who empowers these morons show of hands please.

  3. How about actually enforcing the laws first? Even attempting to buy a gun as a prohibited person is a federal felony. You have a signed, witnessed form showing their intent that you have to display and ID with so it isn’t like there isn’t solid proof of intent. Yet when they fail the background check they just get to walk away and buy the gun off the street instead.

    We don’t enfoce that or the laws against straw purchases with the democrats actually fighting attempts to get those lows enfrorced. So why would they intentionally try to keep gun laws from being enforced while then demanding more gun laws, restrictions and bans? They honestly don’t care about you being killed or your safety when they act to allow people to be killed as a way to advance their agenda.

  4. Jon Dough says:

    …not -ONE WORD- -about infringing on -stepping all over-
    ,… another US citizen’s CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS to GET what -THEY- want…

    _____ NOT__ONE__WORD

    What the hell has happened to make an entire selfish and ignorant population
    just throw away their own rights to self-protection like this?

    ….Is it in the bottled water? Or their TV programming?

    With ‘programming’ being THE WORD of the day.

  5. Donald T O'Dell says:

    How about armed guards at the schools ! Background checks won’t stop someone’s intent to shoot ! Secure our borders is a national issue let’s start there by controlling what may come thru illegally! Let’s do background checks on those who wish to be an american citizen and allow the ones who will help the economy and country become a better place

  6. Mark Burns says:

    How’s that Amazon Bid working for you Gov? You should have told Nutsy to go B slap AOC.

  7. Brad S says:

    Does no one else see the irony in Pelosi invoking the constitution while supporting a law that violates the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments to that same constitution?

  8. Jonathan Miles says:

    I’m not opposed. But, people will still slip through the cracks.
    Need to repeal the Second Amendment and get rid of all guns.

    1. Gene Rey says:

      Then follow the guidelines in Article V but until then accept it as it is written and respect it sweety.

    2. Kevin McDonough says:

      I think you are an Idiot.

      1. Gene Rey says:

        Right back atch’a cupcake, right back atch’a. You obviously have a problem with the Constitution which makes you part of the problem.

  9. Gene Rey says:

    Today’s democrats (liberals) are biological proof of what happens when feces festers and morphs after not having been incinerated properly.
    So long as democrats exist, so shall the stupidity. Mussolini would be proud of this POS Cuomo.
    Nobody’s fault but the sheeple’s for allowing it to continue!

  10. Frank Flora says:

    Tell us how the background check worked for the guy in Arizona that had multiple felonies and arrests

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