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At his first campaign rally after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump appeared to back away from supporting a possible expansion of background checks in favor of a push for more attention to mental illness.

"There is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It's not the gun that pulls the trigger — it's the person holding the gun," Trump said to roars and a standing ovation from the Manchester, N.H., crowd.

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President Trump on Friday indicated that he supported new legislation on "intelligent" background checks for gun purchases after recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

"On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks," Trump told reporters at the White House.

The president said the issue "isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat," and added that he had spoken with the head of the National Rifle Association.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is continuing to offer his views in the national debate about gun control. He's asking Democratic presidential candidates to endorse four gun control measures previously adopted in New York.


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The New York State legislature built on the state’s 2013 gun control laws Tuesday, and are passing  measures to extend the waiting period for background checks for some purchasers,  and forbidding teachers from bringing guns to school.

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The New York State Senate made history on two fronts Monday, as it elected Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be the first woman and the first African-American woman to head the chamber in January.

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Governor Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.


In his first formal policy response to the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month, President Trump is setting up a federal commission to explore school safety. He's also endorsing legislation to improve background checks, and urging states to pass laws temporarily keeping guns out of the hands of people judged to be dangerous to themselves or others.

A policy proposal unveiled Sunday evening has Trump renewing his support for arming teachers and other school employees on a volunteer basis. He stopped short of endorsing a higher age limit for would-be gun buyers.

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Democrats in the State Senate tried to force a vote on gun control legislation in the State Senate, to put Republicans on the spot over some GOP Senators’ resistance to the bills.


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Congressman Brian Higgins, when pressed about the gun control debate, suggested lawmakers need to hold formal hearings in order to come up with a smart, reasonable and genuine response to gun violence.

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Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday at the National Harbor in Maryland. LaPierre defended Second Amendment rights and warned of a "socialist agenda" intended to strip firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

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Two federal lawmakers who represent Western New Yorkers are praising the Florida high school students who have spoken up and demanded change following a mass shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland. Both were asked about their latest thoughts about the gun violence debate, including whether new legislation banning more powerful firearms is in order.


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Democrats in the New York state Senate say they will push harder for gun control bills in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead and are even considering proposing the measures as hostile amendments.


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New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, was officially nominated for re-election Friday at a meeting of the State Democratic Party in Albany, where she said she will serve out her entire six-year term if she wins the race in November.


The House approved a bill on Wednesday that would ease legal restrictions for carrying concealed firearms across state lines – a move pushed by the National Rifle Association that comes just weeks after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas.

On a mostly party-line vote, the measure easily passed, 231-198, although 14 Republicans voted no. Six Democrats voted for the so-called reciprocity measure, which would allow a gun owner with the proper permit in any state to carry a concealed firearm to another state where it is also legal.

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Legislation is being introduced to establish a New York ban on  bump stock devices, like those used by the Las Vegas gunman who killed dozens and wounded hundreds last Sunday. "It's a weapon of  war and should stay on the battlefield," said Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in a memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas incident that left at least 59 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.”


As investigators continue to figure out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the tragedy of Las Vegas is renewing a long-running gun control debate. Local advocates on both sides are weighing in.


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Despite failing to ignite action from the Senate, Congressman Brian Higgins says the Democratic sit-in at the House chambers “effective in galvanizing public opinion” on what he calls “common sense gun safety measures.”

The worst mass shooting in American history has re-ignited the debate over gun control. Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on legislation this week. WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from some of the region's Congressional delegation. 


This past weekend's mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, which claimed the lives of 49 people and also the gunman, has renewed calls for tighter gun controls. The executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence says the weapon used in the attack, an AR-15, has no purpose for civilians other than to kill other civilians.


As the national debate continues over strategies for curbing gun violence, a local panel will explore the issue from several perspectives.

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While hearing testimony from numerous speakers, including relatives of victims of local gun violence, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call to pass a bill that would make illegal gun trafficking a federal offense.

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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said under the Second Amendment, gun ownership is a fundamental individual freedom.


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Two downstate Democratic Senators are pushing for stronger gun control legislation.

Schumer & Schumer urge passage of tougher gun legislation

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Senator Charles Schumer is a rather influential person in his own right. But he's hoping the popularity of his closest Hollywood connection - his own cousin - can help boost support for a bill he says will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.


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In the wake of Thursday morning’s shooting on a community college campus in Oregon, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is once again calling for federal action on gun control.

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The funeral for Carey Gabay was held yesterday in Brooklyn.

A $12,500 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top legal aides. Carey Gabay, 43, is in critical condition after getting caught in the crossfire of two gangs in Brooklyn early Monday morning.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand teamed with NYPD and gun safety supporters to announce a bill to fight against gun trafficking.

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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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