The governor of New York signs legislation raising the age for owning a semi-automatic rifle

ALBANY, New York – New Yorkers under the age of 21 will be banned from buying semi-automatic rifles under a new law signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative after a spate of deadly mass shootings .

Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 gun-related laws into law, including one mandating microstamps in new firearms, which could help law enforcement solve gun-related crimes.

Another revised the state’s “Red Flag” law, which allows courts to temporarily remove guns from people who might pose a threat to themselves or others.

“In New York we are taking bold and decisive action. We’re tightening warning flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people,” Hochul said at a news conference in the Bronx.

Among the bills signed was one restricting the sale of body vests and armor to civilians.

The New York Legislature passed the bills last week, pushing through the changes after two mass shootings involving 18-year-old gunmen with semi-automatic rifles. Ten blacks died in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14th. A School shooting in Texas 10 days later the lives of 19 children and two teachers.


The governor said New York will continue to invest in preventing gun-related crimes by working with local communities and continuing to strengthen the laws by pressuring Congress.

“Today is the beginning, not the end,” Hochul said. “Thoughts and prayers will not fix this, but strong action will. We will do this on behalf of the lives lost, for the parents who will never see their children off the school bus.”


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