New York Governor Issues Gun Control Executive Order

( Following the mass shooting in Buffalo last Saturday that left ten people dead, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed executive orders on Wednesday after meeting with President Joe Biden and lawmakers to strengthen state gun control laws.

Governor Kathleen Hochul has signed administrative measures to combat gun violence and domestic terrorism and look into social media platforms that promote violent extremism.

Hochul said during a press conference that domestic terrorism is the most severe threat we face as a state and country. The horrific and despicable act of terror committed by a white supremacist this past weekend in Buffalo demonstrated that we as a country are at the crossroads of two crises: the mainstreaming of hate speech – including white nationalism, racism, and white supremacy – and easy access to military-style weapons and magazines.

Hochul said that she issued Executive Orders to devote significant resources and focus to combating the troubling surge in domestic terrorism by identifying radicalized individuals, tracking their threats amplified on social media, and further empowering State Police to keep guns away from dangerous people.

She said she would also be sending a referral letter to the Attorney General to look into social media’s role in the Buffalo shooting. I’m advocating for adopting numerous pieces of legislation to help law enforcement get more firearms off the streets.

Hochul’s first executive order was to create a new section inside the Division’s Office of Counter-Terrorist that would be responsible for domestic terrorism prevention. This executive order also asks to make a dedicated unit inside the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track violent domestic extremism via social media.

Under New York State’s Red Flag Law, her second executive order will authorize state police to confiscate firearms aggressively if they suspect someone is a threat or prevent potential threats from purchasing guns.

And once she deems everyone is a potential threat, no private citizen will own a gun.