One of his decrees signed on Wednesday will require state police to seek an extreme risk protection order under New York State’s Red Flag law whenever they have probable cause to believe an individual constitutes a threat to themselves or others.
Hochul is also pushing for the legislature to pass a bill that would require semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to authorized dealers in New York to be micro-stamping compatible. Micro-stamping marks bullets and casings with a unique fingerprint each time a weapon is fired so that when recovered, police can link them to a specific weapon, a bill that would expand the definition gun legal to shut down what she called the ‘other gun’ and a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies to report the recovery of any firearm in 24 hours.
Hochul also sent a referral to the Attorney General’s Office to investigate and study the social media platforms that were used by the Buffalo shooting suspect “to spread, promote and facilitate violence, espouse hatred and legitimize the theory of replacement”.
The other decree directs the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to create a new unit within the Division’s Counterterrorism Office dedicated solely to the prevention of homeland terrorism. This unit will be responsible for disbursing funds to localities to create and operate threat assessment management teams and using social media to intervene in the “radicalization process”. It also calls on the New York State Police to create a dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center to track what Hochul calls domestic violent extremism via social media.
“You can’t act on the evil thoughts that have possessed your mind and the hatred that fills your heart if you don’t have access to weapons,” Hochul said. “It’s the intersection of two crises right now, unfolding in our country. The mainstreaming of hate speech, racism, nationalism, white supremacy and easy access to guns and style magazines military.”
It comes the same day that New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office was opening an investigation into Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, Discord and other social media companies.
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