ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A package of new gun laws in New York State was signed into law on Monday.
It includes several provisions, including raising the age to get a semiautomatic rifle to 21, strengthening social media regulations for hate speech, and micro-stamping bullets and shells.
Peter Pullano, an attorney with Tully Rinckey in Rochester, says these laws mostly target the problems we saw in the Buffalo mass shooting, such as how the suspect obtained the semiautomatic rifle.
“The most important significant thing we’re looking at now is raising the age for semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21,” Pullano said.
But there’s a possibility some of these new laws — such as changes to New York’s Red Flag Law — could get held up in court, he says.
The Red Flag law, which currently allows family and law enforcement to petition the removal of one’s firearms if there’s a credible threat, has been proposed to expand to include health providers and mental health professionals, too.
“I think this is one of those things that may well be challenged,” Pullano said. “People tend to look to professionals as the person they talk to in confidence, this may put an obligation on them to turn in their own client.”
But Pullano says it’s not unprecedented. These professionals have a similar ruleset for when someone may commit a crime.
“The devil is going to be in the details here: We will see some challenges, but it’s a little too early to tell how the mental health community and professionals are going to handle it,” he said. “The red flag law is supposed to do just that — put a red flag on someone perceived as dangerous or armed and dangerous.”
How many of these changes will go through and whether or not the new rules will make any noticeable change remains to me seen.
“We already have a lot of these laws on the books,” he said. “It’s a question of whether or not they’re going to be complied with.”