New York steps up policing at schools, mulling raising age bar to buy guns

NEW YORK, May 26 (Xinhua) -- New York State Police has increased its visibility at schools across the state, following a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.

New York State governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday convened an emergency meeting of the school safety improvement team and directed New York State Police to enhance visibility at schools out of an abundance of caution, according to a release by the state government.

Included are check-ins at schools to be conducted by both uniform and plainclothes staff.

The temporary effort would last around one month until the end of the current school year, according to the release.

Hochul also made a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase AR-15 rifles to 21 years old from the current floor of 18.

"How does an 18-year-old purchase an AR-15 in the State of New York, State of Texas? That person's not old enough to buy a legal drink. I want to work with the legislature to change that. I want it to be 21. I think that's just common sense," said Hochul.

Hochul is also pushing for the passing of two bills on micro-stamping of semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to licensed dealers in New York and reporting protocols of guns recovered in crimes within 24 hours of their discovery.

Though gun control in New York is among the toughest in the United States, the state is threatened by inflows of guns from other states.

A gunman aged 18 killed 10 residents and wounded three others in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, while the perpetrator of the mass school shooting in Uvalde is also 18 years old.

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