Hochul to Sign Gun Control Law. The Governor is expected to ink curbs recently enacted by the Democratic legislature. It calls for raising the minimum age to purchase and possess a semi-automatic gun to 21 from 18 in New York State. NYC already has such a law on the books. Under review is also prohibition on body armor. All this in reaction to the mass shootings at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo last month. This law is likely to be challenged in the courts. It would be an infringement on the constitutionally protected right to bear firearms. The controversy is expected to polarize on both sides of the gun debate. Hochul to Sign Gun Control Law. The controversy rages on among the 2 camps !!