Relates to the possession and use of pistols and revolvers by students of a higher education institution participating in a course in gun safety.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to the possession and use of pistols and revolvers by students of a higher education institution participating in a course in gun safety
PURPOSE: To allow for Cornell University students over the age of 21 to take the Introduction to Handgun Safety and Marksmanship course.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends current law subdivision (a) of section 265.20 of the penal law to add a new paragraph 12-a allowing an exemption for any registered student of a higher education institution chartered by the state of New York, who is participating in a course in gun safety and proficiency offered by such institution, under the immediate supervision, guidance, and instruction of a person specified in paragraph seven of subdivision (a).
EXISTING LAW: Existing law allows for a youth exemption for anyone under the age of 21.
JUSTIFICATION: To encourage proper operation of handguns in New York State, a safety and marksmanship course teaches skills to interested students that will aid in safe firearm handling for a lifetime. As students under the age of 21 are already allowed to take these types of courses, exempting older students from restriction will enable them, also, to receive this important training.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7436 IN SENATE May 16, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- 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 the possession and use of pistols and revolvers by students of a higher education institution participating in a course in gun safety 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 12-a to read as follows: 12-A. POSSESSION AND USE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER, AT AN INDOOR OR OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE, BY A REGISTERED STUDENT OF A HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION CHARTERED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN A COURSE IN GUN SAFETY AND PROFICIENCY OFFERED BY SUCH INSTITUTION, UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION, GUIDANCE, AND INSTRUCTION OF A PERSON SPECIFIED IN PARAGRAPH SEVEN OF THIS SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15865-01-2