EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (WTEN) — Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered remarks at a meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns at the New York State Intelligence Center in East Greenbush Wednesday. Among new gun control priorities, Hochul said she will push to raise the age for buying certain guns.
With tears in her eyes, Governor Hochul announced all flags will remain at half staff on state buildings. This is the second time she’s had to do this in less than two weeks.
“This morning, as we are all reeling with the pain, I’m asking myself as governor, am I supposed to leave all the flags at half mast? They’re still at half mast from Buffalo. No. I don’t want to.”
She is also ramping up police presence at schools across the state, which will include both uniform and plain clothed offices from state and local law enforcement
“I said I want state police patrols visiting our schools, doing daily check ins, every single day from today until the end of the school year.”
The governor also wants to increase the age of when a person can buy a gun like the one that was used in Texas. Outside of New York City, anyone 18 and up can buy certain long guns, like rifles and shotguns, without a permit. The governor said she would work with the Legislature on raising that age to 21. She said she’s “looking at everything,” but she specifically said she does not want 18-year-olds to have access to the AR-15.
Governor Hochul compared the similarities between the shooting in Texas and the shooting in Buffalo.
“The common denominator? There are three. The weapon was an AR-15, the perpetrator is a male, and the age of the perpetrator was 18. I don’t want 18 year-olds to have guns. At least not in the State of New York.”
The governor saying at the very minimum she wants this to apply to the purchase of AR-15s, but she says she’s going to take a look at everything. Ideally, she wants a package of gun laws passed before the end of session, which is only a few days away.