New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new state law signed Monday by Governor Kathy Hochul (D). That makes the state among the first to enact a major gun control plan following the Buffalo, New York’s mass shooting.
If an individual cannot buy a beer until the age of 21 by state law, surely they should not be able to buy a weapon of mass death, a semiautomatic rifle before that age either. New York’s governor has just signed legislation that holds people must be 21 to buy these military-grade weapons. Governor Kathy Hochul signed 10 bills into law related to safety.
Among them was a law requiring “microstamping new firearms,” according to The Associated Press (AP). It imprints an identification code on the bullet cartridge every time the gun is fired, The Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence showed. The purpose of this law was to assist police as they investigated crimes involving guns.
Then, there was the “Red Flag” legislation. It allowed the court to remove guns for the time being from the homes of people “who might be a threat to themselves or others.” Hochul held a press conference where she said:
‘In New York, we are taking bold, strong action. We’re tightening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people.’
She also signed into law a bill limiting the “sales of bullet-resistant vests and armor only to people in certain professions.”
Florida passed a law raising the age to buy any guns to 21-years-old after the Parkland School shooting. A 19-year-old man shot and killed 17 at the high school.
New York’s Congress passed these common-sense laws after one 18-year-old person armed with weapons of death, semiautomatic rifles, killed 10 Black individuals at a Buffalo grocery store. The second mass shooting killed 19 of the 10-year-old grammar school students in Uvalde, Texas. Two teachers died also.
The New York governor noted that her state would continue its efforts to halt gun-related crimes. There are already a number of laws, but they need the force of Congress to implement them.
Hochul said her state would work with local communities to invest in the “prevention of gun-related crimes by partnering with local communities and continuing to strengthen laws by putting pressure on Congress. Hochul said:
‘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.’
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) raced to the scene of the dead children, moving his wheelchair at top speed and not noticing the 21 crosses designating the dead. He was in a hurry to meet President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Abbott has remained distant from the reality of guns so powerful they “decapitated” the little ones’ bodies and turned them into mush, according to MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart Reports.
Abbott called for more school security and mental health money. He indicated that “stricter gun laws are ineffective.” And he was not the only governor to feel that way. Governor Bill Lee (R-TN) agreed. In a Chattanooga nightclub, three people died of gunshot wounds Monday, according to The Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
Those under the age of 21 had already been forbidden by law from buying handguns. And they will still be able to own shotguns and bolt-action rifles. New York’s latest legislation includes language requiring licenses for semiautomatic rifle buyers.
All of the upcoming federal legislation will probably be defeated in the Senate, even if it would be allowed on the floor. The filibuster, which is long outdated, gives a single senator that power.
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