ALBANY — Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre, 21st District) said the following after passage of all 11 bills she co-sponsored this week:
"Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Gun violence is a national scourge that demands national solutions, but I have promised my constituents I will continue my record of doing everything in my power to advocate for common sense solutions to gun violence.
That is why I co-sponsored all 11 of the bills passed by our State Legislature as part of a multi-pronged approach to make New York a safer place. This legislative package includes bills to strengthen our state's landmark "Red Flag" law, raise the age to purchase a semiautomatic weapon to 21 years old, create a task force on social media and violent extremism, and ban bulletproof vests for civilians - because our law enforcement and first responders should not have to worry if a gunman is in military grade body armor. Now is the time to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to prevent further acts of mass murder and stop the horrific levels of daily violence caused by firearms.
While there is still much work to be done in getting illegal guns off our streets, putting an end to gun trafficking, and increasing access to mental health counseling to stop the alarming increase in gun violence, this package continues and complements the Common Sense Gun Safety legislation we passed in 2019.
While New York State cannot stem the national tide of gun violence alone, every gun kept off our streets and every life saved is another family that will never have to know the unimaginable pain of losing a loved one to gun violence."