The rest of the country should take up legislation similar to the SAFE Act gun control measure approved in 2013 in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement said Thursday following of the deadliest mass shootings at a school since Sandy Hook in Connecticut.

“In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, New York did more than send our thoughts and prayers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We stepped up to pass the strongest gun safety legislation in the nation. The SAFE Act didn’t affect sportsmen, hunters or legal gun owners—but it reduced the risk to our children, to our families and to our communities. It banned assault weapons like AR-15s and kept guns out of the hands of dangerously mentally ill people. It’s far past time that the rest of the nation follows suit.”

The SAFE Act, a package of gun control provisions was passed in the Legislature about a month after the elementary school shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 students. The shooting in Florida killed 17 people on Wednesday.

The measure proved controversial for the governor’s popularity, especially among upstate voters and Second Amendment supporters.

Cuomo has previously urged Democrats in Congress to take a more truculent stance on the issue of gun control.

“How many more children must die before this nation acts?” Cuomo said. “How many more times must we grieve before politicians put the safety of their communities before the financial contributions of special interest groups?”