Makes it unlawful for any person age 16 or older to knowingly possess a knife on grounds used for educational purposes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to unlawful possession of a knife upon school grounds
PURPOSE: This act would make it unlawful for any person age sixteen or older to knowingly possess a knife in an educational institution.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:; Section one amends Section 265.06 of the Penal law by adding knives among dangerous weapons prohibited in or on the grounds of any school, college or university, without written authorization of such educational institutions, by those persons over the age of sixteen.
JUSTIFICATION: Creating and maintaining a safe learning environment is essential. While educational institutions remain among the safest places for young people, instances of violence among high school students have been on the rise. Current law makes it unlawful for any person age sixteen or younger to possess any type of air gun or dangerous knife in or upon a building or grounds used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, without the written authorization of such educational institution. With regard to those persons age sixteen or older, the law disallows only air guns on school grounds. This legislation simply adds knives to the list of weapons already prohibited on school grounds by those sixteen years of age or older. Knives are among one of the most devastating and easily concealed weapons available. Preventing school violence is necessary in promoting a healthy learning environment. This provision will help school officials and police officers to more effectively address incidents involving weapons on the grounds of and within educational institutions.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011/2012 - S.1441 Referred to Senate Committee on Codes 2009/2010 - S.379 Remained in the Senate Committee on Codes 2007/2008 - S.713 Passed the Senate 2005/2006 - S.7372 Remained in the Senate Committee on Codes
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1136 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, ADAMS, KRUEGER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to unlawful possession of a knife upon school grounds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 265.06 of the penal law, as added by chapter 268 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: S 265.06 Unlawful possession of a weapon upon school grounds. It shall be unlawful for any person age sixteen or older to knowingly possess any KNIFE, air-gun, spring-gun or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring, air, piston or CO2 cartridge in or upon a building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, without the written authorization of such educational institution. Unlawful possession of a weapon upon school grounds is a violation. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01766-01-3