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US States rush toward new gun restrictions as Congress remains gridlocked

Move comes as Congress remains gridlocked

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US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden en route to meet grieving families from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde | Photo: Reuters

Shawn Hubler & Luis Ferré-Sadurní | NYT Sacramento
Congress failed to impose gun restrictions after the school massacres in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida, and there’s little confidence that 21 deaths at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, will change matters now. But states aren’t waiting.

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy urged lawmakers to advance firearms safety measures, including raising the age to 21 for purchases of long guns and exposing gun makers to civil lawsuits.

In New York — where an 18-year-old in Buffalo was charged two weeks ago with committing a racist mass shooting — Governor Kathy Hochul said she would seek to ban people under 21

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First Published: May 30 2022 | 1:10 AM IST

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