Phil Murphy joins with other Democratic governors to push gun control

Cuomo joins governors in coalition to fight gun violence

"We're not waiting for federal action", said Andrew Cuomo, governor of NY, who was joined on a morning conference call by Raimondo and the governors of CT and New Jersey.

The states would share information about people trying to purchase firearms and help track guns across state lines. "But in the meantime, we have made a decision to take a regional approach, sharing information about guns across state lines, sharing a database, and for the first time that I know of, having a regional research center which studies gun violence and the impact on public health", said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

With the state budget a hot-button issue in the capital, it's unclear how much this new regional coalition will cost CT taxpayers.

The governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are forming a regional "States for Gun Safety" coalition.

Four Democratic Governors say they're not waiting for President Trump or Congress to come up with a solution for gun violence.

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"Right now, you have the high school students showing more leadership than the leaders in Washington", New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a conference call, referring to the students of Parkland, Florida, where 17 were killed last week. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that shooting accelerated the governors' idea to form the coalition, which has been in the works for about a year. We have states with good intentions, with good laws.

"We will look at the details of this proposal; Congresswoman Stefanik believes greater information sharing between states and the federal government is a key component in working to prevent these tragedies". The states are also asking schools and higher education institutions to partner together to create the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium. People may be disqualified from owning a firearm for several reasons, including an arrest warrant, order of protection, debilitating mental health condition, or criminal history. This groundbreaking consortium will fill the void left by the federal government's 1996 ban on the use of federal funds to study gun violence which has obstructed research efforts across the nation, including at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

The states will also work in cooperation to enhance intelligence gathering, information sharing and response efforts related to gun violence.

Other governors noted their states have some of the nation's toughest gun laws - and lowest rates of gun violence.

Require background checks for private gun sales.



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