New York raises the age for arms purchase to 21 | News


The city of New York, in the United States, will soon put into force legislation that raises the minimum age for the purchase and possession of semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21 years, after the recent massacre in the Texas region of Uvalde, where a shooter murdered in a school to 19 minors and two teachers.


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Although the law will be signed in the coming days, New York Governor Kathy Hochul assured in a statement issued this Friday that this state leads the legal package on weapons and will strengthen the protection of communities.

In this way, New York prevents minors from easily accessing weapons, and prohibits the sale of ammunition through bulletproof vests.

In addition, it transpired that the so-called “red flag” law is being reviewed to identify people who are vulnerable to harming themselves or others if they have weapons.

The governor of New York called on the rest of the states in the country to take rigorous measures to counteract the negative effects of violence with firearms on a national scale.

Likewise, the New York Attorney General’s Office condemned the development of the home-made weapons sector through a restrictive measure, and announced that it will fine more than 30 companies that sell this type of device.

The announcement of the regulations comes at a crucial moment for Democratic and Republican legislators, because this Thursday President Joe Biden called on them to think about practical solutions to ban the sale of weapons and high-capacity magazines, or raise the minimum age for their lawful acquisition.

According to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) platform, in the first five months of 2022, 8,031 deaths and 15,119 injuries caused by firearms were recorded in the United States, making it urgent to limit their use and the ability of Americans to purchase .

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