Westchester County exec looks to state for guidance on new gun legislation

Westchester County executive George Latimer says there needs to be clear guidance from the state government.

News 12 Staff

Jun 26, 2022, 4:47 PM

Updated 694 days ago

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President Joe Biden signed a new gun violence reform legislation on Saturday. Part of the legislation requires anyone 18 to 21-year-old to undergo enhanced background checks.
The bill also creates federal crimes for gun traffickers and anyone who purchases guns for someone who would not pass a background check. The penalty is up to 25 years in prison.
It also clarifies who needs to register as a federally licensed gun dealer.
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a New York gun law ruling Americans have the right to carry guns in public for self-defense.
Westchester County executive George Latimer says there needs to be clear guidance from the state government.
“I’ll look to the state because you want a statewide response, not a county response,” says Latimer.
Gov. Kathy Hochul says her office will review the decision. For now, nothing has changed.
The court’s decision does not automatically give current residential permit owners the ability to carry guns outside their home.


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