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New York Bill Defines “Mass Shooting”

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Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation over the weekend to clearly define the term “mass shooting” to assist emergency response measures and ensure communities have access to the emergency funding and resources needed in the aftermath of a mass shooting.

“Protecting the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers remains my top priority,” Governor Hochul said. “We have made significant progress to address the scourge of gun violence affecting our communities, making record-level investments and leading the nation in passing prevention measures. But when tragedies do occur, this legislation will help ensure our communities receive the emergency response and funding they need in the aftermath of a mass shooting.”

Based on an agreement with the Legislature, New York will define the term “mass shooting” consistently with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, meaning that a shooting incident will constitute a mass shooting if there are at least four people murdered with a firearm, shotgun, or rifle.

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