Republican Sen. Elaine Phillips on Tuesday celebrated the ceremonial signing of a bill by GOv. Andrew Cuomo that tightens gun restrictions on those who have been convicted of domestic violence.

Phillips represents a battleground Senate district on Long Island and has been a proponent of the gun control legislation that was approved as standalone bill during the passage of the state budget.

“Domestic violence victims are five times more likely to be killed when their abuser owns a firearm. By keeping firearms out of the hands of those who are convicted of domestic violence, we are protecting victims who are known to be at risk and will undoubtedly save numerous lives,” she said.

“This measure also gives our state’s court system better guidelines and provides for both the surrender of firearms upon a domestic violence crime and a provision to return the firearms if the order of protection is lifted.”

Phillips said she is unable to attend Cuomo’s signing of the bill given the legislative session in Albany.