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
Get Updates from Governor Hochul
Sign up for emails from the Governor's office to learn about issues important to New Yorkers.
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
Requiring State Police to file applications when appropriate to prohibit potentially dangerous people from accessing firearms.
Governor Hochul formed a new Interstate Task Force to help combat illegal gun trafficking across state lines.
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 Hochul will create new domestic terrorism units to focus on tracking and responding to extremist violent threats.
Governor Hochul issued a referral to the Attorney General to investigate social media platforms used by the Buffalo shooting suspect.