NRA pushes back against Andrew Cuomo’s ‘red flag’ gun bill

NRA pushes back against Andrew Cuomo's 'red flag' gun bill

Cuomo pushes Red Flag bill in White Plains. Ricky Flores, (Photo: Ricky Flores/The Journal News) ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to pass a "red flag" gun bill has picked up a powerful opponent: The National Rifle Association. The NRA came out this week against Cuomo’s bill , urging members to contact lawmakers in the closely divided Senate and push for its defeat. Cuomo’s legislation would allow school officials and family members to seek a court order blocking someone from purchasing or possessing firearms in New York if they pose an "extreme risk" to themselves or others. It is expected to pass the Democrat-dominated state Assembly on Wednesday. More: Teachers in New York could gain right to ask courts to strip guns from troubled students The NRA, however, is focusing its efforts on the closely divided state Senate, where Republicans who control the chamber have yet to introduce the bill as the state’s legislative session nears its scheduled close June 20. "This bill is nothing more than anti-gun Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing his extreme political agenda and continuing to wage war on law-abiding New York gun owners," the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote Tuesday on its website , where it provided members information on how to contact their senator. Cuomo, a Democrat who signed a series of gun-control restrictions known as the SAFE Act into law in 2013, often touts the NRA’s disdain for him, flouting his "F" rating from the group as a badge of honor. […]

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