New York State governor calls to raise age limit for some gun purchases
The New York Governor Kathy Hochul. /AP

The New York Governor Kathy Hochul. /AP

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday called for legislation that would raise the age of purchasing certain types of firearms from 18 to 21 in New York in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Buffalo this month that have jolted the United States.

Hochul said  "at minimum” she wants the law to limit AR-15 purchases for those under age 21.

Her comments come a day after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas and 11 days after a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo.

In the Buffalo shooting, the 18-year-old alleged shooter used an AR-15-style rifle. In Texas, the 18-year-old alleged shooter, who died at the scene, used a handgun and possibly a rifle, according to the Texas governor.

"I don't want an 18 year old to have a gun," Hochul said after holding a meeting of an interstate task force addressing the flow of illegal firearms into New York.

Hochul added she would call a special session of the Legislature if the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming weeks overturns New York's strict limits on conceal carry of firearms. Hochul has previously proposed measures meant to tighten the state's law addressing the access of firearms for people who are deemed to be too dangerous.

State lawmakers are expected to take up a package of gun control measures by next week before their scheduled end to the legislative session.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday evening called for action as well on guns, but activity on the issue in the narrowly divided Congress is unlikely.

The governor decried the spate of mass shootings that have rocked the country this month, but said the pain should be channeled into action.

(With input from agencies)

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