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Possible fix? Measure in latest New York gun legislative package does not include type of body armor worn by Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect

Published on June 22, 2022

Albany Capitol Plaza

ALBANY, NY- In the wake of a string of recent mass shootings and gun violence across the country, and even in New York, state law makers responded with a swath of more restricting gun measures.

One of the laws included with this latest package revolves around barring sales of bullet-resistant vests and armor to most New York citizens.

However, there seems to be a glitch as developments have surfaced that suggest this law in particular does not cover the style of body armor worn by Payton S. Gendron, the man accused of opening fire and murdering several people inside of a Buffalo, NY supermarket this spring.

This latest scoop is according to the Associated Press.

During the May 14 attack, Gendron reportedly wore a steel-plated vest. The armor was reportedly effective enough to render a handgun round, which was fired from a store security guard, completely useless.

The law in question only specifies bullet resistant “soft body armor,” raising eyebrows among lawmakers for a potential fix of clarification.

The law also includes measures that requires New Yorkers wishing to purchase a semi-automatic rifle to be at-least 21-years-old.

Image courtesy via New York State Government.

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