New York government signs a series of strict gun control bills

New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a series of gun control bills on Monday in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Buffalo.

Under the new laws, it will be more difficult to buy firearms and body armor, and people under 21 will no longer be able to buy certain semi-automatic rifles. Additionally, new programs will be created to track firearms and ammunition as well as suspected criminals, according to the governor’s website.

“I speak to you today as a governor of a grieving state and a citizen of a nation in crisis… It continues to happen. Shots ring out,” Hochul told a news conference. “The flags fall and nothing ever changes, except here in New York. »

The legislation has received backlash from New York Republicans, who argue the laws fail to address the real problem facing New Yorkers: violent crime. (RELATED: House Democrats to push gun control list Invoices)

“In typical Albany fashion, Kathy Hochul is following in the footsteps of her mentor, Andrew Cuomo, and has focused on creating cheap headlines for her primary instead of protecting New Yorkers,” said the New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy at the Daily Caller News Foundation. “If Hochul and legislative leaders cared about gunshot victims, they would be voting today to repeal their disastrous bail laws that have left our streets open to violent criminals. »

Other Republicans have argued that the new laws ignore mental health health problems.

“This gun control package addresses anything but the central issue of mental health,” Republican candidate for New York State Assembly Anil Beephan told TheDCNF. “Albany needs to address growing crime across the state, but the conversation needs to start with mental health, not unconstitutional gun control. »

Hochul also received criticism from his own party. In a campaign ad, Democratic Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi criticized Hochul for past endorsements of the National Rifle Association during his time in Congress.

Hochul’s office did not respond to TheDCNF for comment.

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