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Bill S993-2013

Authorizes an applicant for a pistol or revolver license to possess such while attending a pre-license firearms safety course

Authorizes an applicant for a pistol or revolver license to possess such while attending a pre-license firearms safety course and while under the supervision of the instructor thereof.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CODES
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CODES

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BILL NUMBER:S993

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to authorizing the possession of a pistol or revolver while attending a pre-license firearms safety course

PURPOSE: To allow individuals who have applied for a license to possess a pistol or revolver and who are enrolled in a certified pre-license firearms safety course under the supervision, guidance and instruction from a certified firearms safety course instructor, to handle a firearm during the course of the class.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1- adds a new paragraph 7-f to subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law to read as follows: possession of a pistol or revolver by a person who has applied for a license to possess a pistol or revolver and pre-license possession of same pursuant to section 400.00 of this chapter, who has not been previously denied a license, been previously convicted of a felony or serious offense, and who does not appear to be, or pose a threat to be a danger to himself, herself or to others, and who has been approved for possession in accordance with section 400.0 of this chapter; provided that such possession shall be of a pistol or revolver duly licensed to and shall be possessed under the supervision, guidance and instruction of a certified firearms safety course instructor, and provided further that such possession occurs during the course of a certified pre-license firearms safety course in which such person is enrolled.

Section 2- Amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 400.00 of the penal law, as added by chapter 778 of the laws of 1985 to reference the new paragraph 7-f contained in section 1 of this act.

Section 3- Contains the effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

Section 265.20 of the penal law does not permit any individual applying for a pistol or revolver permit to handle such firearm prior to obtaining a license.

JUSTIFICATION: The current law does not allow for what the safety course was originally planned for allowing the certified instructor to watch how the applicants handles and acts when holding a handgun. How can a certified firearm safety course instructor accurately judge if someone who has applied for a permit will safely handle a handgun. It illegal for the applicant to handle a handgun in the presence of that instructor. Permitting an individual to handle a handgun during the safety course will give the instructor additional criteria in judging whether that person is prepared for the responsibility of owning a handgun.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2008: S. 6923 Codes 2009-10: S.282 Codes 2011-12: S. 135 Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

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


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 993 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LITTLE -- 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 authorizing the possession of a pistol or revolver while attending a pre-license firearms safety course 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 OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER BY A PERSON WHO HAS APPLIED FOR A LICENSE TO POSSESS A PISTOL OR REVOLVER AND PRE-LICENSE POSSESSION OF SAME PURSUANT TO SECTION 400.00 OF THIS CHAPTER, WHO HAS NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY DENIED A LICENSE, BEEN PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF A FELONY OR SERIOUS OFFENSE, AND WHO DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE, OR POSE A THREAT TO BE, A DANGER TO HIMSELF, HERSELF OR TO OTHERS, AND WHO HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR POSSESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 400.00 OF THIS CHAPTER; PROVIDED THAT SUCH POSSESSION SHALL BE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER DULY LICENSED TO AND SHALL BE POSSESSED UNDER THE SUPERVISION, GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION OF A CERTIFIED FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE INSTRUCTOR, AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT SUCH POSSESSION OCCURS DURING THE COURSE OF A CERTIFIED PRE-LICENSE FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE IN WHICH SUCH PERSON IS ENROLLED. S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 400.00 of the penal law, as added by chapter 778 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows: (b) Application for an exemption under paragraph seven-b OR SEVEN-F of subdivision a of section 265.20 of this chapter. Each applicant desiring to obtain the exemption set forth in paragraph seven-b OR SEVEN-F of subdivision a of section 265.20 of this chapter shall make such request in writing of the licensing officer with whom his OR HER application for a license is filed, at the time of filing such application. Such request
shall include a signed and verified statement by the person authorized to instruct and supervise the applicant, that has met with the applicant and that he OR SHE has determined that, in his OR HER judgment, said applicant does not appear to be or poses a threat to be, a danger to himself, HERSELF or to others. He OR SHE shall include a copy of his OR HER certificate as an instructor in small arms, if he OR SHE is required to be certified, and state his OR HER address and telephone number. He OR SHE shall specify the exact location by name, address and telephone number where such instruction will take place. Such licensing officer shall, no later than ten business days after such filing, request the duly constituted police authorities of the locality where such applica- tion is made to investigate and ascertain any previous criminal record of the applicant pursuant to subdivision four of this section. Upon completion of this investigation, the police authority shall report the results to the licensing officer without unnecessary delay. The licens- ing officer shall no later than ten business days after the receipt of such investigation, determine if the applicant has been previously denied a license, been convicted of a felony, or been convicted of a serious offense, and either approve or disapprove the applicant for exemption purposes based upon such determinations. If the applicant is approved for the exemption, the licensing officer shall notify the appropriate duly constituted police authorities and the applicant. Such exemption shall terminate if the application for the license is denied, or at any earlier time based upon any information obtained by the licensing officer or the appropriate police authorities which would cause the license to be denied. The applicant and appropriate police authorities shall be notified of any such terminations. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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