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Governor Hochul signs new gun control laws after recent massacres

The Empire State officially has new laws on the books aimed at restricting access to guns used in the recent mass killings in Buffalo and Texas.

“I speak to you today as the governor of a grieving state and a citizen of a nation in crisis… It just keeps happening. shots are fired. Flags are falling and nothing is changing — except here in New York.” Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday shortly before she signed into law 10 bills passed by state lawmakers in the wake of the mass shooting last week.

People under the age of 21 can no longer buy semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15-style gun that a teenage white supremacist allegedly used to massacre 10 people at a Buffalo convenience store weeks ago.

New Yorkers also face tougher barriers to buying bulletproof vests and body armor, which reportedly protected the Buffalo gunman from a bullet fired by a heroic security guard during the rampage.

Another new law aims to tackle online hate by requiring social media companies to have policies in place to respond to potential threats.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul signed new legislation aimed at restricting access to guns used in recent mass killings in Buffalo and Texas.
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The gunman made violent threats at his former high school but was still allowed to buy a semi-automatic gun after turning 18, despite the state’s red flag law tweaked by newly signed legislation.

Threatening mass harm is now a crime punishable by up to a year in prison under another bill signed into law by Hochul on Monday.

Other new rules in the books are aimed at preventing gun crimes, which are more associated with gang violence and have occurred more rapidly across the five boroughs in recent years.

Microstamping technology, made possible by a new law, could make it easier for law enforcement to track future crimes by identifying marks that would match a firearm to a spent cartridge left at the scene.

New Yorkers hold the End Gun Violence banner as they march across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of Texas shooting survivors and gun violence prevention.
New Yorkers hold a banner against gun violence as they march across the Brooklyn Bridge to support shooting survivors.
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State and local authorities need to increase reporting on confiscated guns to combat the so-called Iron Pipeline, which is bringing guns to New York from more relaxed gun-law states like Georgia.

Other measures closed loopholes in the past in possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines and firearms that circumvent existing restrictions by using bracers instead of standard rifle stocks.

Democrats have called on the federal government to take additional gun control measures, such as relaunching a ban on assault weapons that expired nearly two decades ago.

Law enforcement officers are seen at the site of a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market at Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, NY.
Police officers at the scene of a mass shooting at the Tops Friendly Market at Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, NY.
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But Republicans in Congress have resisted the idea of ​​imposing new restrictions on the sale and possession of firearms – a view shared by their counterparts in Albany ahead of November’s election this year.

New York Democrats cited this opposition when they used the gun control push to vilify the GOP at the bill’s signing ceremony in the Bronx on Monday.

“We cycle through disbelief and sadness and yes, anger, only to be disappointed time and time again in government — no, not in government, the members of a helpless, spineless, ruthless party known as the GOP,” he said Attorney General Letitia James Montag at the Bronx event.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/06/gov-hochul-signing-new-gun-control-laws-after-recent-massacres/ Governor Hochul signs new gun control laws after recent massacres

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