New York passes bill prohibiting anyone under 21 from buying or possessing semi-automatic weapons

Following a series of mass shootings, the New York State Legislature passed a bill increasing the age to buy or possess semi-automatic weapons in a major change in laws of the state on firearms.

Under the proposed legislation, anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited from buying/possessing semi-automatic rifles in New York State.

The bill passed Thursday also requires a potential buyer to obtain a license, which is currently only required in New York state for handguns.

The series of measures came days after an 18-year-old used one of the guns to kill 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket.

Apart from that, the bill aims to prevent civilians from buying bulletproof armor, which was worn by the killer in Buffalo, and requires new weapons to be equipped with micro-stamping technology that can assist law enforcement investigators in tracing bullets to particular firearms.

The age limit bill passed the Senate along party lines, 43-20, and the Assembly 102-47, and will now head to Governor Kathy Hochul for her signature. According to reports, she is about to sign the new bill.

However, many Republicans opposed the new gun limitations, arguing that they would embarrass law-abiding gun owners and could be easily circumvented by people determined to get guns, the agency reports. AP press release.

Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat from the Bronx, said he had no problem putting up barriers.

“It’s supposed to be a problem for people who might want to get their hands on something quickly that they could mass murder people with,” he said.

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In an interview with FoxNews on Wednesday, Hochul said, “We’re going to have a package that people are going to be proud of, and it’s going to fill in some of the gaps, but also say that 18-year-olds who can’t buy a beer at the bar local shouldn’t be able to buy an assault weapon.

“We will change that immediately.”

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With that, New York would join a handful of states — including Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and Washington — that require buyers to be at least 21 instead of 18 to purchase certain types of firearms. shoulder.

Similar legislation has also been proposed in Utah, while California’s attempt to raise the legal purchase age for semi-automatic weapons has also been challenged.

(With agency contributions)

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