Governor Kathy Hochul is pushing for executive orders and legislation to address gun crime and domestic terrorism in the wake of the fatal and racist mass shooting in Buffalo last weekend.
The package includes an executive order that would require state police to seize weapons under the state’s Red Flag Act from potentially dangerous individuals “whenever they have probable cause to believe an individual is a threat to themselves or to others,” Hochul announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say Payton Gendron, the alleged white supremacist behind the massacre, underwent a medical evaluation after making threatening comments at his former high school – but no action was taken to stop him from buying weapons or to seize firearms already in his possession.
Hochul also targets online extremism by ordering state police to dedicate a unit to monitoring social media to detect potential threats from extremists.
The governor is also ordering state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate how Gendron exploited social media to spread the so-called “replacement theory,” which claims a cabal of Democrats is conspiring to replace white Americans with non-white immigrants.
Hochul — who just hours before the shooting suggested to the Post that his anti-crime legislative efforts were done for the year — is also pushing for state lawmakers to pass several pieces of legislation.
A bill would require semi-automatic handguns made or sold in New York to include features that mark the ammunition with a microstamp after it is fired, which would help law enforcement better investigate crimes committed with it. firearms.
Other laws would require law enforcement to report any firearm recovered from a crime scene within 24 hours. Hochul is also proposing a new bill that would expand the definition of firearms to include other types of firearms.