ALBANY, NY ( Associated Press) – New Yorkers under the age of 21 will be banned from purchasing semi-automatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Will become the first state to implement the initiative. mass shooting.
Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 gun-related bills that would require microstamping in a new firearms that could help law enforcement solve gun-related crimes.
Another modified the state’s “red flag” law, which allows courts to temporarily take guns from people who may be a danger to themselves or others.
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“In New York, we are taking bold, strong action. We are tightening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people,” Hochul said at a news conference in the Bronx.
Among the bills signed was also one that would prohibit the sale of body vests and armor to civilians.
New York’s legislature passed bills last week pushing changes forward after a pair of mass shootings by 18-year-old gunmen using semi-automatic rifles. On May 14, ten black people were killed in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket. Ten days later, 19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting at a Texas school.
The governor said New York would continue to invest in gun-related crime prevention by partnering with local communities and putting pressure on Congress to strengthen laws.
“Today is the beginning, and it is not the end,” Hochul said. “Thoughts and prayers will not fix this, but taking strong action will. We will do it for the lost parents who will no longer see their children getting off the school bus.”