BREAKING: NY Gov. Cuomo Issues First Of Its Kind Executive Order Declaring ‘Disaster Emergency’ Over Gun Violence

Cuomo signed executive orders that declare a “first-in-the-nation” disaster emergency against guns and gun violence, according to Fox News.

“We went from one epidemic to another epidemic.”

“We went from COVID to the epidemic of gun violence.”

“And the fear and the death that goes along with it,” Cuomo stated.

“When you look at the recent numbers, more people are dying of gun violence than of COVID … we’re losing young people.”

“Days after finally relinquishing his emergency powers, the governor has declared another emergency,” Ortt stated.

“The crisis in cities across our state today directly correlates with the passage of the disastrous bail and other criminal justice ‘reforms,’ an out-of-control parole board that has released countless murderers and other dangerous criminals, and calls by Democrats to defund our police.”

“This legislation will allow for a lawsuit to be brought in cases where reasonable controls and procedures are not in place, ensuring that responsible manufacturers and dealers will not be held accountable for the actions of criminal actors.”

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From Fox News:

The executive order, he said, says to everyone in the state: “I want you to understand the extent of the problem. I want you to understand how serious this is.”

Cuomo added that the order will also make available more money and programs to benefit the gun violence prevention efforts. He called gun violence a “public health emergency” and, with that, announced that he would be creating an Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the Department of Health.

Gun violence [is the] number one cause of premature death in the United States,” he said. He later added: “Gun violence not only taking a human toll, it’s taking an economic toll. So we have no choice but to address it. It’s the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do. And in many ways, this state can’t afford not to do it.”

The executive order will also put $138.7 million toward prevention, intervention and employment programs for at-risk youth, including a $57 million investment toward creating 21,000 jobs for youth over the summer through local, city and state agencies.

Other aspects of the order will require police agencies to share incident-based data so authorities can target gun violence “hot spots,” and will create a “gun trafficking interdiction unit” within the New York State Police.

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