A Buffalo man has been indicted on murder and assault charges for a grisly double stabbing in the Lovejoy neighborhood. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that the 22-year-old man was indicted on the morning of Monday, July 18, 2022, before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek for one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree.

Joshua Eddy allegedly stabbed two people using a knife on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at approximately 11 pm. The victims were attacked during an altercation in the area of Ideal Street and East Lovejoy Street in Buffalo.

One of the victims, a 27-year-old man, was taken to Erie County Medical Center. He was hospitalized for a wound to his upper leg. Eddy stabbed the other victim, 32-year-old Hasheen Wilson, multiple times in the chest and back. He was also transported to ECMC where he was pronounced dead.

Eddy is due back in court on Tuesday, August 9, at 2 pm. He is being held without bail. He is facing a maximum of 25 years to life behind bars if he is convicted of the highest charge against him.

Fatal Stabbings Aren't Very Frequent In Buffalo

In 2021, there were 67 homicides, according to WGRZ. Of those, 60 murders were due to shootings. Gun violence is currently the most frequent cause of killings in Buffalo.

New York responded to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the state's concealed carry laws with new gun legislation. Governor Kathy Hochul signed the bills into law. The ten-bill package closes gun law loopholes.

The Supreme Court recently struck down New York's concealed carry law on Thursday, June 23, 2022, potentially making it easier for dangerous people to carry guns in public.

Highlights Of New York State's New Gun Laws

Increasing the Age to Purchase Semiautomatic Rifles

Legislation S.9458/A.10503 requires individuals to obtain a license prior to purchasing a semiautomatic rifle. Under preexisting New York State law, individuals must be 21 years or older to acquire a gun license.

Improving the Strength of Red Flag Laws

Legislation S.9113-A/A.10502 expands who may file an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) petition to include health care practitioners who have examined an individual within the last six months.

Microstamping Ammunition

Legislation S.4116-A/A.7926-A requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to certify or decline to certify that microstamping-enabled pistols are technologically viable and if certified as viable, to establish programs and processes for the implementation of such technology; and establishes the crime of the unlawful sale of a non-microstamping-enabled firearm.

Closing Loopholes & Defining 'Firearms'

Legislation S.9456/A.10504 expands the definition of a "firearm" to include any weapon not defined in the Penal Law that is designed or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive. This is intended to capture firearms that have been modified to be shot from an arm brace, which are evading our current definitions of firearms and rifles.

Social Media Content Regulation

Legislation S.9465/A.10501 creates a new Task Force on Social Media and Violent Extremism. Housed in the Office of the Attorney General, the Task Force will study and investigate the role of social media companies in promoting and facilitating violent extremism and domestic terrorism online.

You can find out more about each of the bills here.

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