At Forum, Anna Kaplan (NY SD-7) Sets Herself Apart from Incumbent on Red Flag Laws

From Janelle Clausen, The Island Now:

Kaplan also accused Phillips of being against reasonable gun legislation like the “red flag” protection bill, which would allow parents, teachers and police to pursue a court order to take guns from people considered dangerous.

She said [Elaine] Phillips voted against banning bump stocks, expanding background checks, removing guns from domestic abusers, and the red flag bill two weeks after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where 17 died.

“I absolutely support [the red flag legislation] and this will be one of the first bills that I push,” Kaplan said. “It has not been passed because the Republican Senate has stopped it from happening.”

District 7 is a battleground district for control of the New York state Senate. With all 63 seats up for election in two weeks, Democrats are looking to take real control of a body in which an independent caucus and a GOP-aligned Democrat have denied them legislative power. Control of the Senate would also likely give Democrats trifecta control of all three branches of state government.

Phillips received less than 55% of the vote in 2016, and Hillary Clinton won the district, making it a golden opportunity for a Democratic pickup for a strong candidate like Kaplan.