Prohibits the discharge of a firearm or long bow within 1000 feet of a school or school playground; increases the distance which hunters may hunt near schools from 500 feet to 1,000 feet.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the discharge of firearms or long bows within one thousand feet of a school or school playground
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase the distance which hunters may hunt near schools from the current 500 feet to 1,000 feet.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Environmental Conservation Law Section 11-0931(4)(a)(2) is amended to increase the distance at which a discharge of a firearm is prohibited near a school or school playground to 1,000 feet from the current law which is only 500 feet.
JUSTIFICATION: Hunting within 500 feet of children attending school is simply too dangerous. At least one incident occurred recently in a Monroe County School district where a hunter's bullet shattered a class window and barely missed the children and teacher who were in the classroom. The state needs to help prevent any further shooting incidents such as this so no child or teacher is put at risk again. Increasing the 500 feet "no hunting zone" to 1,000 feet will help prevent future possible fatal shootings.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.3162 of 2011-2012 - Referred to Environmental Conservation A.1765 of 2009-2010 - Referred to Environmental Conservation A.441 of 2007-2008 - Referred to Environmental Conservation A.1374/S.3053 of 2005-2006 - Referred to Environmental Conservation A.485/S.5666 of 2003-2004 - Passed Assembly/Referred to Environmental Conservation A.834/S.980 of 2001-2002 - Passed Assembly/Referred to Environmental Conservation A.4479/S.1471 of 1999-2000 - Referred to Environmental Conservation A 7976/S 4444 - Reported to Codes/Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6317 IN SENATE January 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the discharge of firearms or long bows within one thousand feet of a school or school playground THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 11-0931 of the environmental conservation law is amended to read as follows: (2) discharge a firearm or long bow within (I) five hundred feet from a dwelling house, farm building or farm structure actually occupied or used
[, school building, school playground,]or occupied factory or church, OR (II) ONE THOUSAND FEET FROM A SCHOOL BUILDING OR SCHOOL PLAY- GROUND; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13414-01-4