Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sign the Red Flag Bil.

The legislation prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm.

The bill is part of the Governor's 2019 Justice Agenda.

Cuomo says the legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws and makes New York the first state in the nation to empower its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention.

"Today New York is proud to pass the first-in-the-nation Red Flag Bill that empowers school teachers to do something when they believe something bad is going to happen. We are empowering teachers not by giving them guns like the President wants - but by arming and empowering them with the law, so when a teacher or family member sees there is a problem, they can go to a judge and get a court-ordered evaluation. The Red Flag Bill will save lives and doesn't infringe on anybody's rights and it is common sense."