The creation of the States for Gun Safety is the first major step toward gun reform taken by any states since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
"We're not waiting for federal action", said Andrew Cuomo, governor of NY, who was joined on a morning conference call by Raimondo and the governors of CT and New Jersey.
"I think you could argue with great credibility and passion that states and governors will have never mattered more in the absence of federal action or the unwinding of federal action", Murphy said.
They'll be urging others to join the coalition at this weekend's National Governors Association meeting. "So we said that we're going to take action".
"Let's work across the border", Malloy said. "Let's not just advocate for better laws in our state, but advocate for better laws in our own region". "However, the federal government's continued inaction on this issue has not only allowed the epidemic of gun violence to spread, but it has actually prevented the laws like the SAFE Act from being fully effective", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The coalition will start a multi-state task force to trace the sale and use of out-of-state guns in crimes, the group's memorandum says.
Governor Cuomo and his Democratic counterparts - Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo - said the coalition was necessary because of the inability of the federal government and Congress to effectively deal with the issue of gun violence.
"It's something that in light of that bad tragedy (in Florida) we felt we wanted to accelerate", Murphy said. In order to protect families and communities across the region, the group will call on the federal government to swiftly enact universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and a federal waiting period between the purchase and delivery of guns.
President Donald Trump met Wednesday with Parkland students and the victims of Sandy Hook. Arm every teacher? Oh, that makes sense. Because it means selling more guns and the NRA is in the business of selling guns.
"Gun violence is not a New Jersey problem, a NY problem, a CT problem, a Rhode Island problem, or a problem for any particular state or region - it is a national problem", Murphy said.
"My daughter kept asking me, as she has for the past week, 'Mom, what are you going to do about it?'" said Gov. Raimondo. He said the regional cooperation by the governors will help keep guns out of cities such as Bridgeport and New Haven. "Now, Rhode Island has some of the nation's strongest gun laws, but our nation has some of the weakest gun laws". "Those guns get on I-95 and make it to Bridgeport or New Haven or other places".