ALBANY, NY – A new set of gun restrictions, rushed through the New York State Legislature following an alleged racist massacre in Buffalo, have been signed into law.
As NewsChannel 34’s Jame DeLine shows us, Governor Hochul believes even more needs to be done on the federal level.
Less than a month after the mass shooting in Buffalo, Governor Kathy Hochul signed 10 new gun bills into law calling this a nation leading response to a nationwide problem.
“In New York we are taking bold strong action. We are tightening the red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people. And we are raising the age of semi-automatic weapons so no 18 year old can walk in on their birthday and walk out with an AR-15. Those days are over. Those days are over!”
In addition to strengthening red flag laws, and raising the age to 21 to buy a semi-automatic weapon, these new laws would also require microstamping for new semi-automatic guns, will ammend the definition of a firearm in New York State, and requires social media companies to improve response and reporting of hateful content.
In direct response to the Buffalo shooting, a new law will also ban body armor sales except for those in certain professions such as law enforcement.
“Do I want to live in a world, where with the lunch box, with the toys that a child might bring, with the crayons, with the backpack a bullet proof vest? This cannot be where we want to go.”
While Democrats are proud of the newly signed gun laws, Republicans aren’t rejoicing.
In a statement senate Republican leader Rob Ortt saying, ” New York already has the toughest gun laws in the nation. The bills passed today are about shifting blame away from the real problem… If we really want to stop crime we should focus on putting dangerous criminals behind bars and keeping them there, not punishing law abiding New Yorkers or preventing New Yorkers from exercising their constitutional right to protect themselves.”
Hochul continues to call on members of congress to make changes to federal gun laws, especially after the recent mass shootings that have devastated communities across the country.
“Heaven help you if you can look at those images and not have a change of heart and say I’m in a position of authority and power and influence and I have a moral responsibility to do something. Let’s get together and have thoughts and prayers for them that their hearts will finally turn.”
Reporting in Albany, I’m Jamie DeLine.