Four liberal northeastern states banded together last week to form a “gun safety coalition,” which basically amounts to a gun registry for sharing data on individuals barred from purchasing or owning firearms.
According to the New York Times, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut have agreed to “directly share information like the names of people who have been deemed mentally unfit to own a gun, people who have a domestic violence restraining order against them and people who have a warrant out for their arrest.”
In addition, the agreement will share data on how firearms are sold and “trafficked” in each state and designate universities that can further research on gun violence. More from the Times:
Some details about how the agreement will work in practice remain murky. The patchwork of state law means that states cannot necessarily restrict gun sales to everyone on another state’s no-gun list. And gun control advocates said states are already supposed to report to the national background check system people prohibited from owning guns under the parameters of state law, and not only those restricted by federal law.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) explained the governors decided to create the registry in response to the federal government’s inaction on firearms.
“This is a federal government that’s gone backwards on this issue. President Trump has pledged allegiance to the NRA and he’s delivered for them,” Cuomo said.
Governors of each state signed the agreement last week. All four governors are Democrats and each of the four states already have some of the tightest restrictions on firearms in the country.
The decision to establish the coalition came a little more than one week after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 that left 17 people murdered.