In the wake of the tragic Jefferson Avenue shooting in Buffalo on May 14th and the school shooting in Texas earlier this week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul is looking at raising the minimum age to own a gun.

Currently, in New York State you have to be the age 18 or older to purchase an assault rifle. During a press conference, Governor Hochul said she would like to raise the minimum age to own an AR-15.

The Governor is looking to increase the minimum age from 18 to 21 in New York State.



The Governor noted that both shooters in Buffalo and in Texas were both only 18 years old.

In New York State you have to register your assault rifle with the state. According to the State's website,  Under state and federal law, some people are not allowed to possess a weapon, such as convicted felons, individuals who have been involuntarily committed, or individuals currently under an order of protection. These people will not be able to register. There is no fee for registering.

Any changes could happen within the next couple of weeks since the legislative session is slated to end on June 2.


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