New York State now requires the buyer to be 21 years old before purchasing a semi-automatic rifle such as the AR-15.
Previously, an 18-year-old could have bought similar guns.
Democrat central bank governor Kathy Hochul signed the motion on Monday, which was among 10 other gun laws.
“Today is the beginning and it is not the end,” Hochul told a news conference in the Bronx. “Thoughts and prayers do not fix this, but taking strong action will do it. We will do it in the name of the lives that have been lost, for the parents who will no longer see their children step out of the school bus.”
The operation addresses a number of shootings, including the deaths of 10 African Americans at a Buffalo grocery store on May 14 and the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.
Other laws signed by Hochul would largely ban the sale of armor vests and revise the state’s red flag ‘law, which would allow authorities to seize guns from people believed to be threatening themselves or others.
One report says that the measures were mainly along party lines and that Republicans were largely opposed to the bills.
Some information in this report comes from the Associated Press and Reuters.
New York State is raising the age to buy semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21
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