Among the new laws is the prohibition of the sale of body armor to civilians, the requirement to have a license to purchase semi-automatic rifles, the making of a threat of mass harm as a crime, and the strengthening of the state's red flag laws which make it easier to take guns away from dangerous people before they commit a crime.
The other new laws include requiring that all new pistols be equipped with microstamping technology, which uses lasers to imprint markings on a firearm, making it easier to trace guns and raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21.
"In New York, we are taking bold, strong action. We’re tightening red flag laws to keep guns away from dangerous people," Hochul said at a press conference in the Bronx.
"Passing comprehensive gun legislation is quite literally a matter of life or death, and part of this package includes our legislation to require gun manufacturers and dealers to implement micro-stamping technology, which adds a trackable serial number to spent ammunition," State Sen. Brad Hoylman said after introducing the bill last week. "So literally when a gun is fired, the casing will be inscribed with a code that can then be tracked back from the scene of say a crime to the gun that actually fired the bullet."
New York's Legislature passed the bills last week, pushing the changes through after a pair of mass shootings involving 18-year-old gunmen using semiautomatic rifles. Ten Black people died in a racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket May 14. A Texas school shooting took the lives of 19 children and two teachers 10 days later.
"This is a moment of reckoning for us is in New York and as Americans," added Hochul.
The Supreme Court was expected to hand down a decision in the coming weeks on the state's concealed carry law and whether it is constitutional.