New York Governor Kathy Hochul set to sign gun control bills


As CBS2’s John Dias reports, Monday’s signing of the bill will be historic. Once the governor puts her pen to paper, the state will officially lead the way in gun control laws.

Hochul will tighten access to guns across the state, following the devastating mass shootings of recent weeks.

The bills quickly passed the state senate and assembly last week.

“Shot after shot, it’s clear they need to be even stronger to keep New Yorkers safe,” the governor said in a statement last Thursday.

The package includes bills that revise the state’s red flat laws and increase the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. Just a few weeks ago an 18 year old reportedly used one kill 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo.

The extensive set of bills also requires buyers of semi-automatic weapons to first obtain a permit, which includes a background check, and prevents most people from buying body armor.

“We have to be the ones to take action. And frankly, I hope others will follow our lead,” said State Senator Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

The new laws also tighten the rules in gun shops. Gun dealers must implement a security plan to secure firearms and provide training to all employees on how to properly transfer firearms. Guests under the age of 18 will not be permitted to enter certain areas without their parents or guardians.

But as state lawmakers step up those renewed efforts, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver its most important Second Amendment ruling in more than a decade, starting this week, releasing its opinion on the New York concealment laws.

The new laws would also require state police to conduct inspections of arms dealers every three years.

With more information sharing provided with this package, it means more help in tracking down weapons that have been illegally purchased or trafficked out of state.

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