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New York Governor signs law raising age to own semi-automatic rifle

ALBANY, NY — New Yorkers under the age of 21 will be banned from buying semi-automatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Governor Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to pass a major initiative gun control following a wave of deadly mass shootings.

Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 gun-related bills, including one that will require micro-stamps in new firearms, which could help law enforcement solve gun crimes. fire.

Another revised the state’s “red flag” law, which allows courts to temporarily remove firearms from people who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

“In New York, we are taking bold and strong action. We are strengthening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people,” Hochul said at a press conference in the Bronx.

Among the bills signed was also one that would restrict sales of vests and armor to civilians.

The New York legislature passed the bills last week, pushing through the changes after a pair of mass shootings involving 18-year-old gunmen using semi-automatic rifles. Ten black people died in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket on May 14. A Texas school shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers 10 days later.

The governor said New York will continue to invest in preventing gun crime by partnering with local communities and continuing to strengthen laws by lobbying Congress.

“Today is the beginning, and it’s not the end,” Hochul said. “Thoughts and prayers won’t solve this, but taking strong action will. We will do it in the name of the lives lost, for the parents who will no longer see their children get off the school bus.


Maysoon Khan is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues. Follow Maysoon Khan on Twitter.

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