Parkland victim's mom, Lt. Gov. Hochul announce gun control measures

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DIX HILLS, NEW YORK -

The mother of a teacher who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting joined Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Thursday in Dix Hills, New York, to announce a series of gun control measures that Democrats are hoping will become law in 2019.

More than 100 people packed the Half Hollow Hills High School East auditorium for the announcement. Among the measures is a bill to ban bump stocks -- devices that give semi-automatic weapons machine gun-like capabilities.

Hochul also wants the waiting period to purchase a firearm increased from three to 10 days.

Democrats are pushing what's known as the red flag bill, which would give a teacher, administrator, guidance counselor or other school official the power to petition a judge to have a student's firearms taken away if that student shows signs of being a possible threat.

Half Hollow Hills East is the high school from which Scott Beigel graduated in 2001. Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was among the 17 people gunned down at the Florida school last February.

Beigel's mother Linda says a red flag law would have saved her son's life, as well as the others who died in Parkland.

Andrew Chernoff, of Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, says he wonders if more restrictions are the answer.

"We can create as many laws as we want," he says. "The problem is that laws only affect law-abiding citizens."

With Democrats in control of both houses in Albany, elected officials say all three measures are likely to be passed.

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