Are More Gun Laws Needed in New York State?

State Senator Gallivan says other resources needed to help curb gun violence

Tom Puckett
August 06, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) In light of weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, there are questions about whether New York needs more gun control laws.

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says no. "In New York, we already have among the toughest gun laws in the country. I don't know if any additional laws are warranted," says Gallivan. 

Gallivan spent decades as a law enforcer with the New York State Police and as Erie County Sheriff before entering politics

He does say there are people who are committing crimes and there are people with mental health issues, and that's something the state can do a better job with. "I'm particularly concerned about schools. I think we can do more about state supported school resource officers," says Gallivan, a former Erie County Sheriff. "I don't think we have problems in schools right now, but I think the state could more put more resources behind the program."

Gallivan says committing resources for mental health resources can help in several ways. "If you look at school safety, that is also part of the answer, a multi-prong approach to assure there are enough mental health services in schools to identify problems among children and make sure they're on the right track," says Gallivan. 

Gallivan suggests intervention techniques for teachers, to identify signs of problems and reporting them to proper authorities, and schools prepare in the event of a mass shooting.

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