Protecting Public Safety and Taking Strong Action Against Gun Violence

Protecting Public Safety and Taking Strong Action Against Gun Violence

Governor Kathy Hochul is committed to protecting public safety, ending gun violence, and combatting the rise of domestic terrorism. The FY 2023 enacted budget invests in bold initiatives that will strengthen gun violence prevention efforts, change our public safety laws to make our state safer and more just, and protect victims of hate crimes and domestic violence.

In direct response to the white supremacist act of terror at a Buffalo supermarket, Governor Hochul proposed a comprehensive plan that included strengthening state gun laws, holding social media companies accountable, and preventing acts of domestic extremist violence. Less than one month after the tragic shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, Governor Hochul signed bills into law that close critical loopholes and protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence.

Landmark Legislative Package to Strengthen Gun Laws and Protect New Yorkers

Closing Critical Gun Law Loopholes Exposed in Tragic Shootings

The package strengthens the state's gun laws, closes critical loopholes exposed by shooters in Buffalo and Uvalde, and protects New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence that continues to infect our nation and endanger our communities.
Among other reforms, this nation-leading legislation bans the sale of semiautomatic rifles to anyone under 21, restricts the sale of body armor to those in an eligible profession, strengthens our Red Flag Law, and requires microstamping for new semiautomatic handguns.
Signed into law less than one month after the tragic shooting in Buffalo, this comprehensive ten-bill package includes new measures that will save lives.

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Creating a Safer and More Just New York State

The FY2023 Budget includes meaningful and significant changes to our public safety laws. In addition to tackling the pervasive unease many are feeling in our streets, these changes will make our state safer and our criminal justice system fairer.

Preventing Gun Violence

Bolstering the Red Flag Law

Requiring State Police to file applications when appropriate to prohibit potentially dangerous people from accessing firearms.

We will continue to confront this epidemic head-on, stamp out extremists who threaten our communities, strengthen the toughest gun laws in the country and do whatever it takes to keep New Yorkers safe.

Governor Kathy Hochul

Combating Hate

Preventing Hate Crimes

Governor Hochul is expanding resources for targets of hate crimes and strengthening our laws to protect victims. 

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