senate Bill S4017
(R, C, IP) 50th Senate District
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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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.
TITLE OF BILL:
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
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.
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.
This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become law.
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