Huston (The Times Groupe)- Echoing US President Joe Biden’s desire to raise the age for buying semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21, New York raised that age to 21 on Monday.
“Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this, but strong action will,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul as she signed the law raising the age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21.
“Everything just keeps happening. Shots ring out, flags come down, and nothing ever changes except here in New York,” she said. We will do that in honor of the lives lost, for the parents whose children will no longer step off the school bus.
Under the new law, New Yorkers under the age of 21 will not be allowed to purchase semiautomatic assault-style firearms, making the state one of the first to enact major gun control measures following a rash of deadly mass shootings in America.
Gunmen under the age of 21 have been involved in two of the most recent deadly shootings.
During a shooting rampage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
Another 18-year-old gunman killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket.
Additionally, the state is requiring microstamping on new firearms, which could help investigators solve gun-related crimes, in addition to raising the age for buying semiautomatic rifles to 21.
New York is also revising its “red flag” law, which enables courts to temporarily seize guns from people who might be a threat to themselves or others.
“In New York, we are taking bold, strong action. We’re tightening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people,” said Hochul.
“Today is the start, and it’s not the end.”