ALBANY – In response to the Buffalo mass shooting, Governor Kathy Hochul signed new gun legislation into law today.
“When did we become a nation that reveres the right to have the ability to possess a gun over the right of a child to stay alive? When did that happen? When will we as a nation say enough of the bloodshed? No more. No more. Gun violence is a disease that is tearing our nation apart. And it is now the number one killer of children in America,” says Hochul.
Primarily, the legislation will raise the age of buying and owning a semi-automatic rifle from 18-years-old to 21-years-old.
“We’re microstamping bullets so law enforcement can have an easier time catching the criminals, and we’re closing loopholes so the firearms that are being so cleverly manufactured or altered cannot evade our laws anymore,” says Hochul.
It will also strengthen the Red Flag Law which prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. State Police will now be required to file for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) whenever they have probable cause to believe that an individual is a threat to themselves or others.
“No longer will large scale ammunition magazines be legal in the state of New York,” says Hochul.
“No longer will we allow the sale of body vests and armor to those who don’t need them for work,” continued the Governor.
The legislation will also require data sharing of gun violence between state and federal databases.
“And in the state of New York, we’re now requiring social media networks to monitor and report hateful conduct on their platforms,” boasts Hochul.
The state will also establishing a new Domestic Terrorism Unit to focus on tracking and responding to extremist violent threats, led by the office of Attorney General Letitia James.
Finally, the law will amend the definition of firearms to include “AOW’s” (any other weapons).
The Governor also promised the state will invest $227 million in community-based gun violence intervention programs, including the SNUG program.