After Buffalo Shooting, New York Set to Raise Purchase Age for Semiautomatic Rifles

Measures also look to ban purchase of bullet-resistant vests, require pistols to include technology that places a forensic mark on shell casings

Relatives of victims in the Buffalo supermarket shooting share their stories and express pain and anger, after a gunman killed 10 people and wounded three more at a Tops Friendly Markets in a largely Black neighborhood. The suspect is an 18-year-old man who appears to have been motivated by racist conspiracy theories. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press (Video from 5/17/22)

ALBANY, N.Y.—New York lawmakers said they would increase the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle to 21 years old from 18 under legislation to tighten gun laws following mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas.

Under the package of legislation, the state also will ban the purchase of bullet-resistant vests by civilians and require that pistols be enabled with microstamping technology, which places a forensic mark on any shell casing fired by a particular gun.

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