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NY legislators pass new round of gun bills including raising age to buy semiautomatic rifles

New York state lawmakers have passed a bundle of bills meant to tighten the state’s already strict gun laws Thursday night.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2022, 9:40 AM

Updated 748 days ago

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New York state lawmakers have passed a bundle of bills meant to tighten the state’s already strict gun laws Thursday night.
State leaders are hoping these laws can prevent tragedies like what the ones that took the lives of New Yorkers in the past few weeks.
New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but one of the biggest changes coming is anyone who wants to get a license to purchase a semiautomatic rifle has to be 21 years old rather than just 18 years old.
This is all coming after three major shootings in the span of less than a month took the lives of innocent people in Buffalo, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The alleged shooters in Buffalo and Uvalde were both 18 years old.
Another bill in this package would make it illegal to buy or sell body vests to anyone who doesn't work a job that requires one, like law enforcement.
In addition, as part of the package, there would be a change to the definition of a firearm to include ghost guns, do-it-yourself gun kits that can be assembled by anyone and are not tracked. The NYPD says it was a ghost gun that killed 11-year-old Kyhara Tay last month in Parkchester. 
Those bills and more will now head to Gov. Kathy Hochul to be signed into law.


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