Guns are a sensitive subject in the country. Some use them for hunting and others see them as a tool for self defense against an intruder. Many gun owners see the 2nd amendment as a necessary check against the threat of a tyrannical government. According to Pew Research Center, in 2017 almost 70% of adults said they did not have a gun.
The same research shared that handguns are the most common firearm owned followed by rifles and then shotguns. Almost all handguns are semiautomatic meaning that a bullet fires from the chamber with each pull of the trigger. Several rifles and shotguns function this same way and are made to fire different of calibers.
A few weeks ago Governor Hochul announced on Twitter that she was going to introduce legislation that would make it more difficult to buy an AR-15 style rifle. Most gun owners had a feeling about what was coming. These new rules would only make it harder to buy all semiautomatic rifles because they all operate the same way.
Governor Kathy Hochul signed a legislation package that would strengthen the gun laws in New York State. A few of the bills include new rules such as raising the age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle by anyone under 21 years of age and the purchase will now need a permit.