Beyond the executive orders, Ms. Hochul, a first-time Democrat seeking re-election in November, also urged the Legislature, which is controlled by fellow Democrats, to pass additional gun safety legislation. , some of which were already under consideration even before filming in Buffalo.
On Wednesday, Ms Hochul specifically called for legislation requiring the so-called micro-marking of semi-automatic pistols that would help law enforcement officers trace casings found at crime scenes back to the weapon that unloaded them. Legislation requiring micro-stamps, which California passed in 2007 in the face of opposition and lawsuits from gunmakers, has long been the subject of discussion in Albany, with bills introduced since at least 2009. .
Ms. Hochul, as she hinted over the weekend, is also seeking legislation to expand the state’s existing ban on certain assault weapons to capture firearms that are currently not covered, called “AOW”, or any other weapon.
The governor, who is from the Buffalo area, has repeatedly expressed concern about the spread of hate speech online, describing it as “a virus” and decrying “social media platforms where this hate can be spit”.
Indeed, Mr. Gendron invited a number of people to check his personal diary about half an hour before the attack, Discord said on Tuesday, but none of those people appear to have alerted the authorities. In the personal diary, he frequently posted photos of himself posing with the equipment and gun he used to carry out the attack, as well as detailed plans – including hand-drawn maps – for the assault on Tops.
The attack was meant to be the first of several stages in a massacre in which he planned to kill as many black people as possible, he wrote in his diary. He even went so far as to count the number of black people on the street during a preparatory trip to the city, and dismissed other cities he had considered targeting earlier in the year when it was cold, and pedestrians could be so bundled up. that it would be difficult to determine their race.
In her remarks, Ms Hochul said she hoped Saturday’s shooting would be a “wake-up call” for the country, citing gun violence in Parkland, Florida, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, and the white supremacist attackers in Charleston. , SC, Pittsburgh and El Paso.