Authorizes possession of a rifle or shotgun at a shooting range by a person between the ages of ten and twelve under the immediate supervision of certain authorized persons.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to possession of a rifle or shotgun at a shooting range by a person between the ages of ten and twelve
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To reduce by two years the age at which one may participate in certain limited sport shooting safety programs.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision a. of Section 265.20 of the Penal Law is amended by adding a new paragraph 7-f.
JUSTIFICATION: Section 265.20(a)(7) of the Penal Law provides an exemption to a number of "criminal possession of weapon" statutes, allowing a person twelve years of age, among others, to possess, load, and fire any caliber rifle or shotgun when supervised by certain specified trained persons.
This bill would allow persons between ten and twelve years of age to possess any rifle or shotgun for instruction under certain more limited and strictly regulated circumstances. These regulations include identifying the persons who may supervise and instruct, requiring that while the supervisor is instructing this person, he or she may not supervise any other person between the ages of ten and sixteen, and requiring that only one shell or cartridge may be loaded at a time.
This bill is introduced at the request of the Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs to promote sporting activities within families and further promote safe and proper practices in gun handling and safety.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This legislation has no fiscal implications.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect sixty days after the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3524 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 24, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- 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 possession of a rifle or shotgun at a shooting range by a person between the ages of ten and twelve THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law is amended by adding a new paragraph 7-f to read as follows: 7-F. POSSESSION, AT AN INDOOR OR OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF LOADING AND FIRING, OF A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN, THE PROPELLING FORCE OF WHICH IS GUNPOWDER BY A PERSON UNDER TWELVE YEARS OF AGE BUT NOT UNDER TEN, UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION, GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION OF (A) A DULY COMMISSIONED OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS OR COAST GUARD, OR OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; OR (B) A DULY QUALIFIED ADULT CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES WHO HAS BEEN GRANTED A CERTIFICATE AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN SMALL ARMS PRACTICE ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE OR MARINE CORPS, OR BY THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THIS STATE, OR BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION DULY ORGAN- IZED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE; OR (C) A PARENT, GUARDIAN, OR A PERSON OVER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN DESIGNATED IN WRITING BY SUCH PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO SHALL HAVE A CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION IN RESPONSIBLE HUNTING, INCLUDING SAFETY, ETHICS, AND LANDOWNER RELATIONS-HUNTER RELATIONS, ISSUED OR HONORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSER- VATION; OR (D) AN AGENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION APPOINTED TO CONDUCT COURSES IN RESPONSIBLE HUNTING PRACTICES PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW, PROVIDED THAT THE PERSON PROVIDING GUIDANCE MAY PROVIDE SUPERVISION TO ONLY ONE PERSON BETWEEN THE AGE OF TEN AND SIXTEEN AT ANY ONE TIME, AND THE FIREARMEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07837-01-1 S. 3524 2
BEING LOADED AND FIRED MAY BE LOADED WITH NO MORE THAN ONE SHELL OR CARTRIDGE AT ANY TIME. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.