New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed new laws on Monday on gun control amid recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas.
New Yorkers under age 21 are prohibited from purchasing semiautomatic rifles under new laws, making the state one of the first to legislate a major gun control initiative after recent deadly mass shootings.
Hochul signed ten gun-related bills, including one that will require microstamping in new firearms, which could help law enforcement solve gun-related crimes.
“In New York, we are taking bold, strong action. We’re tightening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people,” Hochul said at a press conference in the Bronx.
In addition to raising the legal purchase age to 21, the law requires anyone purchasing a semiautomatic rifle to obtain a license first.
NBC New York reported that Hochul said New York will continue to invest in the prevention of gun-related crimes through collaborating with local communities and continuing to strengthen laws by putting pressure on Congress.
“Today is the start, and it’s not the end. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this but taking strong action will. We will do that in the name of the lives that have been lost, for the parents who will no longer see their children stepping off the school bus,” Hochul said.
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