Governor of New York signs law that prohibits the sale of semi-automatic rifles to those under 21 years of age

Governor Of New York Signs Law That Prohibits The Sale Of Semi-automatic Rifles To Those Under 21 Years Of Age

Albany – New Yorkers under the age of 21 will not be able to buy semi-automatic rifles under a new law Governor Kathy Hochul signed Monday, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative after a series of mass shootings in the country.

Democrat Hochul signed 10 gun-related bills, including one requiring a ballistic identification stamp on new guns, which could help authorities solve gun-related crimes.

Another initiative adjusted the state’s “red flag” law, which allows courts to temporarily seize guns from people who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

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“In New York we took concrete and aggressive measures. We are toughening the round flag laws in order to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” Hochul said at a press conference in the Bronx.

Initiatives signed include one that will restrict the sale of bulletproof vests to civilians.

The 18-year-old white teenager was wearing military gear and broadcast live on the Internet with a camera on his helmet. (Matt Rourke)

Authorities identified the shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron.

Authorities identified the shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron. (Mark Mulville)

Authorities described the attack as

Authorities described the attack as “racially motivated violent extremism.” (Matt Rourke)

The teen shot 11 black people and two white people before turning himself in to officers.

The teen shot 11 black people and two white people before turning himself in to officers. (Joshua Bessex)

The massacre sent shock waves through a country wracked by racial tensions, gun violence and a string of hate crimes.

The massacre sent shock waves through a country wracked by racial tensions, gun violence and a string of hate crimes. (Joshua Bessex)

The events in Buffalo came just a month after another attack left 10 people injured on a Brooklyn subway train.

The events in Buffalo came just a month after another attack left 10 people injured on a Brooklyn subway train. (Joshua Bessex)

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown takes a moment of silence and prayer for the victims of the shooting.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown takes a moment of silence and prayer for the victims of the shooting. (Joshua Bessex)

The assailant shot four people outside the establishment, three of whom died.

The assailant shot four people outside the establishment, three of whom died. (The Associated Press)

The assailant wore a bulletproof vest and  military-style clothing during the attack on Tops Friendly Market.

The assailant wore a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing during the attack on Tops Friendly Market. (Mark Mulville)

Inside the store, a security guard fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the attacker's bulletproof vest had no effect.

Inside the store, a security guard fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the attacker’s bulletproof vest had no effect. (Matt Rourke)

Police entered the establishment and confronted the assailant in the lobby.

Police entered the establishment and confronted the assailant in the lobby. (Joshua Bessex)

Authorities blocked traffic around the supermarket in Buffalo.

Authorities blocked traffic around the supermarket in Buffalo. (Derek Gee)

Twitch said in a statement that it cut off Gendron's stream

Twitch said in a statement that it cut off Gendron’s stream “less than two minutes after his act of violence began.” (Joshua Bessex)

The rifle Gendron used was purchased legally, but the magazines he put in the gun were not allowed for sale in New York.

The rifle Gendron used was purchased legally, but the magazines he put in the gun were not allowed for sale in New York. (Matt Rourke)

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and the former were praying for the victims and their families.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and the former were praying for the victims and their families. (Joshua Bessex)

The New York legislature approved the bills last week, pushing the changes after a pair of mass shootings by 18-year-old assailants armed with semi-automatic rifles. Ten black people were killed in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14. Ten days later, 19 children and two teachers were killed in a Texas school.

The governor assured that New York will continue to invest in the prevention of crimes with firearms through a partnership with local communities and will continue to strengthen the laws by increasing pressure on Congress.

“Today is the beginning, and it is not the end,” Hochul said. “Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this, taking solid action will. We will do it in the name of the lives that have been lost and for the parents who will no longer be able to see their children get off the school bus.”

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