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Four Northeastern Governors Join Forces on Guns

Four Northeastern Governors Join Forces on Guns

They announced the creation of a coalition named "States for Gun Safety" during a conference call on Thursday morning. 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.

"Not only will this groundbreaking partnership take new steps to prevent illegal guns from crossing state lines, but by forming the nation's first Region Gun Violence Research Consortium, we will be able to better inform policymakers nationwide on how to keep their communities safe", the NY governor said.

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

"Not only will this groundbreaking partnership take new steps to prevent illegal guns from crossing state lines, but by forming the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, we will be able to better inform policymakers nationwide on how to keep their communities safe", Cuomo said.

The coalition will start a multi-state task force to trace the sale and use of out-of-state guns in crimes, the group's memorandum says. "The problem is not school shootings".

He says NY is teaming up with three other states to try to keep guns out of the wrong hands. All of our states are already ahead of the federal government when it comes to laws on this issue. It now contains the names of about 77,000 people who can't purchase a gun in NY.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, a mother to two young children, said her 13-year-old daughter was watching some of the news coverage on Wednesday night and kept asking her mother, as she has done for the past week, what she was going to do about the situation.

The information-sharing agreement will provide state law enforcement agencies with details on gun purchases and permit denials, including gun-owning disqualifications of having an arrest warrant, order of protection, "debilitating" mental health condition, or criminal history.

"When my kids say, 'What are you doing about it?' I want to say I'm doing something", Raimondo said.

"I think you could argue with great credibility and passion that states and governors will have never mattered more in the absence of federal action or the unwinding of federal action", Murphy said. The states also are pursuing a Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium.

Cuomo described the measures recently floated in Washington, including a ban on so-called bump-stocks and an increase in the age at which teens can purchase assault rifles, as "crumbs" that would do little to curb violence.