Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a landmark legislative package to immediately strengthen the state’s gun laws, close critical loopholes exposed by shooters in Buffalo and Uvalde and protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence that continues to infect our nation and endanger our communities. Governor Hochul signed the bills at the Northeast Bronx YMCA.
“Gun violence is an epidemic that is tearing our country apart. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this, but taking strong action will,” Governor Hochul said.
The legislative package includes closing critical gun law loopholes exposed from the shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, bars the purchase of semiautomatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21 by requiring a license, prohibits purchase of body armor with exception of those in specified professions.
It also expands a list of people who can file extreme risk protection orders and requires law enforcement to file ERPOs under specific circumstances.