As a deterrent to future mass killings, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers revealed a deal Tuesday on bills that will tighten New York’s already strict gun laws and raise the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21.
Hochul explained the package of bills is badly needed to ensure the safety of New Yorkers from persons with criminal intent.
“New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but clearly, we need to make them even stronger,” Hochul said in a statement.
“New Yorkers deserve to feel safe in schools, in grocery stores, in movie theaters, in shopping malls, and on our streets — and we must do everything in our power to protect them,” Hochul added.
Sources said the package includes measures prohibiting the sale and purchase of body armor for anyone not in law enforcement and closing the “any other weapon” loophole that allows the sale of certain weapons that would otherwise be banned.
Another significant bill would also result in the microstamping of ammunition.
Moreover, one of the biggest changes to New York’s gun laws will be a new requirement that anyone seeking to buy a semiautomatic rifle must be at least 21, up from 18, and must first obtain a gun license.
At the moment, licenses and permits are needed only for handguns.