senate Bill S6317

Prohibits the discharge of a firearm or long bow within 1000 feet of a school or school playground

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O'BRIEN

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 14 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6317
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-0931, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A3162
2009-2010: A1765
2007-2008: A441

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6317

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

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6317

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

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