New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the issuance of an executive order declaring a “disaster emergency” on the matter of gun violence.
“Today I am issuing an Executive Order declaring a Disaster Emergency on gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one. This declaration will allow us to give this crisis the full attention & resources it deserves,” the Democrat official tweeted.
During remarks on Tuesday Cuomo discussed various plans to combat gun violence in the Empire State, including a “border war” to block firearms from flowing in from other states.
The New York State Police “will form a new Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit to stop the flood of illegal guns coming into NY from states with weak gun laws,” Cuomo tweeted.
While delivering remarks on Tuesday the governor claimed that “we wasted so much time and money in this nation fighting illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is not killing Americans. Illegal guns are killing Americans.”
Cuomo, who has served as governor of New York for more than a decade, described gun violence as a civil rights issue.