ALBANY, NY — In a few months, legislation that will require permits to obtain a semi-automatic weapon will come into effect and raise the age to 21 for obtaining a weapon like an AR-15.
NewsChannel 34’s Jamie DeLine spoke with lawmakers today about their thoughts, as well as what else they would like to see done to prevent mass shootings in the future.
After the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, Sen. Kevin Thomas sponsored a bill that would raise the age to 21 to purchase a semi-automatic pistol and would require a license to do so.
“It’s the same thing we have with the gun license. They will check your character and physical condition. They will check with the local police department. They want to make sure that no red flags go off when you try to buy such a weapon,” Thomas said.
However, Republicans are opposed to the legislation which will take effect in September.
According to Robert Smullen, “This is a very badly drafted law. It tries to address a certain problem of assault rifles, but then really brushes off many, many law-abiding citizens who want to transition to, say, a shotgun that they’ve had in their family for generations. This requires them to obtain a license to do so.
When I asked Congressman Smullen if he thought every school should have an armed school resource officer, that was his answer.
“I don’t know if every school needs it, but every community needs to make that decision and vote by their local school board and county councils as to what resources for those measures.”
I asked the same question of Senator Thomas.
“That might sound like a good idea, but if you look at the 2 shootings that took place, the one in Buffalo where there was an armed security guard who was killed on the spot by the shooter and in Texas where you had multiple officers who were to go after the shortest and not succeed, that’s not a good idea.
However, both lawmakers agree that more needs to be done on mental health.
Reporting to Albany, I’m Jamie DeLine.