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Hochul signs gun control bills into law

Jun 06, 2022 2:02 pm

Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that Gov. Kathy Hochul on June 6 signed new laws on the licensing of semiautomatic rifles, banning body armor, and expanding the state's "red flag" regulations. "It just keeps happening. Shots ring out, flags come down and nothing ever changes — except here in New York," Hochul said. The biggest change in the new laws is that New York will now regulate semiautomatic rifles the same as semiautomatic pistols, requiring permits and for the license holder to be at least 21 years old. Another law Hochul signed requires officials at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to study the feasibility of microstamping of bullets when fired from a gun. The slew of new gun laws comes after 18-year-olds in Buffalo and Texas murdered many Blacks and elementary school children, respectively. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.