The state of New York will be raising the age to buy an assault rifle to 21 and banning the purchase of body armor by civilians. Local officials are citing the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas for the proposals and plan to get the legislation passed this week before the end of the legislative session. The bills will also require a license to purchase a semiautomatic rifle, make threatening mass harm a crime, and strengthen red flag laws. These measures won’t be cure-alls, however no single piece of gun regulation is going to be and it makes sense to try lots of different regulations to find out what effects they will have. Since the US Congress appears unable to get any gun legislation passed due to Republican obstruction, it’s optimistic to see some action is being done at the state level.
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