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Hochul unveils weapons package to prevent future mass shootings

Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing for executive orders and legislation to combat gun crime and domestic terrorism following last weekend’s deadly, racially motivated mass shootings in Buffalo.

The package includes an executive order that would require state police to confiscate guns from potentially dangerous individuals under the state’s red flag law “when they have probable cause to believe that an individual poses a threat to themselves or others.” represents,” announces Hochul on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say Payton Gendron, the suspected white supremacist behind the massacre, underwent a medical exam after making threatening comments at his former high school – but no action has been taken to stop him from buying guns or has already confiscate firearms in his possession.

Hochul also takes action against online extremism by directing state police to deploy a social media surveillance unit for potential extremist threats.

    Attorney Benjamin Crump (R) comforts the family of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in a mass shooting at Tops market
Attorney Benjamin Crump (right) comforts the family of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in a mass shooting at Tops Market.
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BUFFALO, NY - MAY 14: Buffalo Police on site at a Tops Friendly Market
Ten people were killed when suspected gunman Payton Gendron allegedly opened fire.
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Images from the diary of suspected mass shooting Payton Gendron.
Images from the diary of mass shooting suspect Payton Gendron.
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The governor is also directing Attorney General Letitia James to investigate how Gendron has used social media to promote the so-called “replacement theory,” which claims a cabal of Democrats conspired to replace white Americans with non-white immigrants .

Hochul — who hinted to The Post just hours before the shooting that her lawmaking efforts to fight crime for the year were wrapped up — is also pushing for state legislatures to pass several bills.

Payton Gendron
Payton Gendron is the white supremacist allegedly behind the Buffalo massacre.
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A bill would require semi-automatic handguns manufactured or sold in New York to include features that mark ammunition with a micro-stamp after firing, which would help law enforcement better investigate gun crimes.

Other laws would require law enforcement agencies to report any firearm they recover from a crime scene within 24 hours. Hochul is also pushing for a new bill that would expand the definition of firearms to include additional types of weapons.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/18/hochul-unveils-gun-package-to-prevent-future-mass-shootings/ Hochul unveils weapons package to prevent future mass shootings

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