New York wants to raise the age for buying semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21

New York lawmakers are poised to ban anyone under the age of 21 from buying or owning a semi-automatic rifle, a major change to state gun laws enforced less than three weeks after an 18-year-old used one of the guns, by May 10 Killing people in a convenience store in Buffalo.

Formal debate on the measure began Thursday evening, the last scheduled day of the legislative session, in the State Assembly and Senate.

The raising age limit bill is the most significant part of a gun control bill announced earlier this week by Democratic Rep. and Gov. Kathy Hochul.

New York already requires people to be 21 to own a gun. Younger people would continue to be allowed to own other types of rifles and shotguns, but the law change would limit ownership of the type of automatic rifles used by the 18-year-old gunmen in the Buffalo mass shooting and at a Texas elementary school.

In addition to raising the legal purchase age to 21, the law would also require anyone who buys a semi-automatic rifle to obtain a license — something now only required for handguns.

Semi-automatic rifles automatically load each bullet after firing, although firing requires pulling the trigger for each round. This allows mass murderers to kill more people in a short amount of time.

The change would largely affect areas outside of New York City, which already require permits to own, carry and purchase any type of firearm and ban most applicants under the age of 21.

Elsewhere in New York, people 16 and older can own long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, without a license.

Senator Alexis Weik, a Long Island Republican, pointed out that an 18-year-old could still travel to another state and buy a semi-automatic rifle.

Sen. Kevin Thomas, a Long Island Democrat and one of the bill’s backers, responded, “Do you support federal gun control?

New York would join a handful of states — including Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and Washington — that require buyers to be at least 21 instead of 18 to buy some types of long guns. Similar legislation has been proposed in Utah.

California’s attempt to raise the minimum purchase age for semi-automatic guns has been challenged in court. On May 11, a US Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that the state’s ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons to adults under the age of 21 is unconstitutional. The two judges, who ruled in the majority, were part of former President Trump’s wave of conservative-approved candidates who reshaped the famously liberal court.

The National Rifle Association is also questioning Florida’s ban on the sale of rifles and other firearms to adults under the age of 21, enacted after a 2018 shooting that killed 17 students and staff at a Parkland high school.

Another law set to pass in New York would require new guns to be equipped with micro-stamping technology that would allow law enforcement investigators to more easily connect guns to fired bullets.

The state is also expected to pass legislation restricting the purchase of body armor and expanding the list of people who can apply for an extreme risk protection order, a court order that can temporarily ban someone from buying or owning a firearm , if you believe him to pose a danger to yourself or others.

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