NY Gov. Hochul signs package of 10 new gun control bills to undermine Second Amendment

Democrats nationwide have loudly demanded that Congress enact strict new gun control laws following tragic mass shootings in May in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, but some aren’t waiting for congressional action over a raft of legislative proposals and have instead taken action at the state level.

New York is one of those states, and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) just signed into law 10 new pieces of gun control that were passed last week by the Democrat-controlled state legislature, The Hill reported.

Most prominent among the bills signed Monday was one that raised the minimum age to purchase or possess a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, but the package also contained bills to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” law — which failed to stop the Buffalo shooter — as well as ban the civilian purchase of body armor, and crack down on gun dealers and social media platforms, among other things.

New York raises minimum age for weapons purchases

“We’re raising the age of semi-automatic weapons so no 18-year-old can walk in on their birthday and walk out with an AR-15,” Hochul said during the signing ceremony Monday, according to The Hill. “Those days are over.”

It has been reported that both of the shooters in the Buffalo and Uvalde incidents had lawfully purchased AR-15-style rifles shortly after they had turned 18 — weapons that were then used to massacre innocent people at a grocery store and elementary school, respectively.

“It just keeps happening,” the governor added. “Shots ring out, flags come down, and nothing ever changes. Except here in New York.”

Hochul “proud” to infringe upon Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers

In a press release outlining the details of the 10 bills signed into law during Monday’s ceremony, Gov. Hochul said in a statement, “Gun violence is an epidemic that is tearing our country apart. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this, but taking strong action will.”

“I am proud to sign a comprehensive bill package that prohibits the sale of semiautomatic weapons to people under 21, bans body armor sales outside of people in select professions, closes critical gun law loopholes and strengthens our Red Flag Law to keep guns away from dangerous people — new measures that I believe will save lives,” she continued.

“While we are taking expedient action to enhance New York State’s nation-leading gun laws, we recognize that gun violence is a nationwide problem,” Hochul added. “I once again urge Congress to follow our lead and take immediate action to pass meaningful gun violence prevention measures. Lives depend on it.”

Music to anti-gun Biden’s ears

That is a message that resonates with President Joe Biden, who has called upon his Democratic colleagues in Congress — while simultaneously maligning and smearing his Republican opposition — to pass many of the same gun control-related proposals as New York just did.

“We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Biden said in a speech on gun control last week. “And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21.”

The president also outlined several other “rational, commonsense measures” he wanted to see become law, such as, “Strengthen background checks. Enact safe storage laws and red-flag laws. Repeal the immunity that protects gun manufacturers from liability. Address the mental health crisis deepening the trauma of gun violence and as a consequence of that violence.”

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