After wave of killings, New York takes tougher action on guns

You now have to be 21 to buy a semi-automatic shotgun in New York State. The fourth most populous state in the United States has also adopted other measures such as a ban on buying or selling bulletproof vests (as the Buffalo shooter wore), except for certain professions such as the police. , or even an extension of professions that can activate a “red flag” procedure by reporting a person at risk to the courts to confiscate their weapon.

This set of laws passed on Monday comes after the racist Buffalo shooting and school massacre in Texas. The two perpetrators of the killings were 18 years old and carried this type of weapon. “Gun violence is an epidemic that is tearing our country apart. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix the problem, but strong actions will,” Kathy Hochul, the Democratic governor of New York, where the city of Buffalo is located, said Monday.

No agreement between Democrats and Republicans on guns

US President Joe Biden himself called last week for a national ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles, as was the case from 1994 to 2004, or failing to raise the minimum age. purchase of 18 to 21, but the negotiations have so far not resulted in an agreement between Democrats and Republicans.

Behind these two tragedies that shocked the country, shootings are daily in the United States, like those that occurred in Philadelphia (three dead) and Chattanooga (Tennessee, three dead) this weekend. New York State already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and was among the five states in the country with the lowest gun mortality in 2020, according to a recent study. from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions.

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