Assemblyman Steve Stern Joins Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Community Members to Support “Red Flag” Gun Safety Law

Critical measure will protect our neighborhoods from Gun Violence
January 14, 2019

Assemblyman Steve Stern (D-Huntington, 10th AD) joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, other elected officials, Linda and Michael Schulman, whose son, Scott Beigel lost his life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and community members at Half Hollow Hills High School East, to announce his strong support as a co-Sponsor of legislation establishing an “extreme risk protection order” to prohibit individuals who pose a major threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms.  

Also known as “Red Flag” legislation, this vital public safety measure will enable family members, school officials, or law-enforcement officers to seek court intervention when individuals demonstrate dangerous or violent behavior that poses a risk to themselves or others. This determination is made following a hearing to protect the person’s due process rights, but allows immediate intervention to protect public safety.  

“In the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy and so many other mass shootings by those who exhibited clear warning signs, we must act decisively and we must act immediately,” Assemblyman Stern said.  “This initiative will help keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to the safety of our communities and will save lives.”