New York Governor Kathy Hochul, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and House Speaker Carl Heastie Tuesday confirmed that ten bills have been introduced in the State Assembly and Senate to strengthen New York’s gun regulations following the horrific mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
The bills propose to require the exchange of information between state, local and federal authorities whenever a gun is used in a crime. The bill A.6716-A/S89-B would make threatening mass harm a crime and bill A.7926-A/S.4116-A would require New York’s Criminal Justice Services to investigate whether microstamping-enabled pistols are technologically viable.
Further, the bill A.10428-A/S.9229-A eradicates the grandfathering of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices that were lawfully possessed prior to the enactment of New York’s Safe Act in 2013 or manufactured prior to 1994, prohibiting their possession entirely. Another bill, A. 10504 / S. 9456, proposes to broaden the definition of “firearm” to include “firearms that have been modified to be shot from an arm brace.”
Bill A10503/S. 9458 would increase the minimum age limit to buy a semiautomatic rife from 18 to 21 and would require that an individual obtains a license prior to purchasing a semiautomatic rifle.
Governor Hochul said:
New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but clearly we need to make them even stronger. New Yorkers deserve to feel safe in schools, in grocery stores, in movie theatres, in shopping malls, and on our streets—and we must do everything in our power to protect them. Working closely with Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Heastie, and all of our partners in the legislature, we will strengthen our gun laws, help keep New Yorkers safe, give law enforcement the tools they need to prevent crime, and stop the spread of dangerous weapons. As New York once again leads, we continue to urge the federal government to seize this opportunity and pass meaningful national gun violence prevention laws.
Earlier, after the Uvalde school shooting, Governor Hochul proposed additional action to tighten gun control and regulations and directed the State Police to increase visibility at schools.