ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing teachers and school administrators to go to a judge with concerns about students that they think could pose a danger to themselves or others.
Fellow Democrat and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Cuomo for the bill signing in Manhattan.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year. Supporters say it could prevent school shootings, suicides and other tragedies by empowering teachers to report concerns about troubled students. A judge could then order a mental evaluation of the student and direct the removal of any firearms in the student's home.
Pelosi praised the new law in New York and said the House would soon vote on a bill expanding federal background checks for gun sales.
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