Bill S4017-2011

Authorizes children 10 years of age or older to load and fire a rifle, shotgun or pistol at a shooting range while under the supervision of a qualified person

Authorizes children 10 years of age or older to load and fire a rifle, shotgun or pistol at a shooting range while under the supervision of a qualified person; increases from 18 to 21 years of age the minimum age of a person who may be designated in writing by the parent or guardian of a child to supervise such child while he or she is shooting.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CODES
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 14, 2011: referred to codes
  • Jun 14, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 14, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 16, 2011: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 11, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 10, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.560
  • Mar 14, 2011: REFERRED TO CODES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Codes - May 10, 2011
Ayes (10): Saland, DeFrancisco, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Lanza, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (5): Gianaris, Duane, Huntley, Perkins, Squadron
Nays (1): Parker

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4017

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to lowering from 12 years to 10 years the minimum age of a child authorized to engage in supervised loading and firing of rifles, shotguns and pistols, and increasing from 18 years to 21 years the minimum age of the designated supervisor of such a child

PURPOSE: Authorizes children 10 years of age or older to load and fire a rifle, shotgun or pistol at a shooting range while under the supervision of a qualified person.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Paragraphs 7, 7-c and 7-d of subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law, paragraph 7 as amended by chapter 180 of the laws of 1998, and paragraphs 7-c and 7-d as added by chapter 651 of the laws of 1996, are amended by changing the minimum age of a person allowed to load and fire a rifle or shotgun at a supervised shooting range from 12 years to 10 years. In addition, the minimum age requirement of a parent, guardian or person designated by certificate of qualification to supervise minors at a shooting range is changed from 18 years to 21 years.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, youth scholastic shooting sports competitions such as target and clay pigeon shooting competitions are unable to be held in New York State due to the minimum age requirement of a participant of 12 years. Other states such as Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin allow a minimum age of participants in supervised shooting competitions of 10 years. By lowering the minimum age to 10 years, sportsmanship clubs and associations can now begin to host the competitions in their home state. Hosting national competitions in New York State will not only benefit the student athletes by allowing them to apply for additional grants and scholarships, but also stimulate the local upstate economy due to the increased tourism. New York State student athletes in this sport are also at a competitive disadvantage on the national scale due to the 12 year age restriction and often find their level of capability to be behind their age group when competing in national competitions due to the age restriction. This bill would allow New York State to host national target shooting competitions and level the playing field for New York State student athletes who choose to compete in this particular sport.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4017 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 14, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. DeFRANCISCO, BONACIC, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- 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 lowering from 12 years to 10 years the minimum age of a child authorized to engage in supervised loading and firing of rifles, shotguns and pistols, and increasing from 18 years to 21 years the minimum age of the designated supervisor of such a child THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraphs 7, 7-c and 7-d of subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law, paragraph 7 as amended by chapter 180 of the laws of 1998, and paragraphs 7-c and 7-d as added by chapter 651 of the laws of 1996, are amended to read as follows: 7. 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 sixteen years of age but not under [twelve] 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] TWENTY-ONE 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 conservation; or (d) an agent of the department of environmental conser-
vation appointed to conduct courses in responsible hunting practices pursuant to article eleven of the environmental conservation law. 7-c. Possession for the purpose of loading and firing, of a rifle, pistol or shotgun, the propelling force of which may be either air, compressed gas or springs, by a person under sixteen years of age but not under [twelve] TEN, under the immediate supervision, guidance and instruction of (a) a duly commissioned officer of the United States army, navy, 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 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 organized under the laws of this state; or (c) a parent, guardian, or a person over the age of [eighteen] TWENTY-ONE 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 conservation. 7-d. Possession, at an indoor or outdoor shooting range for the purpose of loading and firing, of a rifle, pistol or shotgun, the propelling force of which may be either air, compressed gas or springs, by a person under [twelve] TEN years of age, under the immediate super- vision, guidance and instruction of (a) a duly commissioned officer of the United States army, navy, 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 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 organized under the laws of this state; or (c) a parent, guardian, or a person over the age of [eighteen] TWENTY-ONE 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 conservation. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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