New York Governor Kathy Hochul wrongly says the Buffalo supermarket killer used a bump stock

About an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on bump stocks, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly said that a gunman who carried out a racist massacre in her hometown of Buffalo had used the weapon accessory that allows semiautomatic rifles…

ALBANY, N.Y. — About an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on bump stocks, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wrongly said that a gunman who carried out a racist massacre in her hometown of Buffalo had used the weapon accessory that kills semiautomatic rifles to to shoot quickly like a machine gun.

Hochul, a Democrat, made the mistake first in a statement emailed to media and posted on a state website Friday, and later in a post on X that has since been deleted.

She falsely said the white supremacist who murdered 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket in 2022 used a bump stock. In the shooting, the shooter modified a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle so he could use illegal high-capacity ammunition magazines, but did not use a bump stock to make the weapon fire faster.

“Exactly one month ago, we marked the anniversary of the deadly Buffalo massacre – the horrific day a hate-fueled gunman murdered 10 of our neighbors, using a bump stock to transform his firearm into an even deadlier weapon,” it said. Hochul’s emailed statement. She added that the Supreme Court’s ruling was “a sad day for the families who have lost loved ones in mass shootings.”

Her now-deleted post on

Asked by The Associated Press about the error, a spokesperson for the governor, Maggie Halley, emailed a statement saying Hochul “wanted to report generally dangerous, illegal modifications of weapons that have no civilian purpose and are intended to cause mass casualties such as bump stocks and magazine adjustments.”

The Supreme Court has lifted a federal ban on bump stocks imposed after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, when a Las Vegas man attacked a music festival with guns equipped with bump stocks, firing more than a thousand bullets into the crowd. 11 minutes. The 2017 shooting killed 58 people and injured more than 800.

The Supreme Court said by a 6-3 vote that the Justice Department had wrongly concluded that bump stocks turned semiautomatic rifles into illegal machine guns. The devices use a firearm’s recoil energy to quickly bump the trigger against the shooter’s finger, simulating automatic fire.

After the mass shooting in Buffalo, Hochul and New York lawmakers passed a series of new firearms laws, including policies to ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles to people under 21 and limit the sale of bulletproof vests.

In her statement on the Supreme Court’s decision, Hochul said state leaders are “doing everything we can to end the scourge of gun violence.”

“We expanded our Red Flag laws, banning teens from purchasing AR-15 rifles, and will continue to enforce the 2020 law banning bump stocks in New York. Public safety is my top priority – and I am committed to doing everything I can to keep New Yorkers safe,” she said.