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