senate Bill S4017

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to codes
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 14, 2011 referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 16, 2011 advanced to third reading
May 11, 2011 2nd report cal.
May 10, 2011 1st report cal.560
Mar 14, 2011 referred to codes

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S4017 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4058A
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง265.20, Pen L

S4017 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S4017

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
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

PURPOSE:
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.

JUSTIFICATION:
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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

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


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

                                  4017

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  DeFRANCISCO,  BONACIC, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, SEWARD --
  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 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

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  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 to read as follows:
  7.  Possession, at an indoor or outdoor shooting range for the purpose
of loading and firing, of a rifle or shotgun, the  propelling  force  of
which  is gunpowder by a person under sixteen years of age but not under
[twelve] TEN, under the immediate supervision, guidance and  instruction
of  (a) a duly commissioned officer of the United States army, navy, air
force, marine corps or coast guard, or of  the  national  guard  of  the
state  of  New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult citizen of the United
States who has been granted a certificate as an instructor in small arms
practice issued by the United States army, navy,  air  force  or  marine
corps,  or  by  the  adjutant  general of this state, or by the national
rifle association of America, a not-for-profit corporation  duly  organ-
ized  under  the  laws  of  this  state; or (c) a parent, guardian, or a
person over the age of [eighteen] TWENTY-ONE designated  in  writing  by
such parent or guardian who shall have a certificate of qualification in
responsible  hunting, including safety, ethics, and landowner relations-
hunter relations, issued or honored by the department  of  environmental
conservation; or (d) an agent of the department of environmental conser-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09333-01-1

S. 4017                             2

vation  appointed  to  conduct  courses in responsible hunting practices
pursuant to article eleven of the environmental conservation law.
  7-c.  Possession  for  the  purpose of loading and firing, of a rifle,
pistol or shotgun, the propelling force of  which  may  be  either  air,
compressed  gas  or  springs, by a person under sixteen years of age but
not under [twelve] TEN, under the immediate  supervision,  guidance  and
instruction  of  (a)  a  duly  commissioned officer of the United States
army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or of the national guard of the
state of New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult citizen of  the  United
States who has been granted a certificate as an instructor in small arms
practice  issued  by the United States army, navy or marine corps, or by
the adjutant general of this state, or by the national rifle association
of America, a not-for-profit corporation duly organized under  the  laws
of  this  state;  or (c) a parent, guardian, or a person over the age of
[eighteen] TWENTY-ONE designated in writing by such parent  or  guardian
who  shall  have  a certificate of qualification in responsible hunting,
including safety,  ethics,  and  landowner  relations-hunter  relations,
issued or honored by the department of environmental conservation.
  7-d.  Possession,  at  an  indoor  or  outdoor  shooting range for the
purpose of loading and firing,  of  a  rifle,  pistol  or  shotgun,  the
propelling  force of which may be either air, compressed gas or springs,
by a person under [twelve] TEN years of age, under the immediate  super-
vision,  guidance  and instruction of (a) a duly commissioned officer of
the United States army, navy, marine corps or coast  guard,  or  of  the
national  guard  of the state of New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult
citizen of the United States who has been granted a  certificate  as  an
instructor in small arms practice issued by the United States army, navy
or  marine  corps,  or  by the adjutant general of this state, or by the
national rifle association of America, a not-for-profit corporation duly
organized under the laws of this state; or (c) a parent, guardian, or  a
person  over  the  age of [eighteen] TWENTY-ONE designated in writing by
such parent or guardian who shall have a certificate of qualification in
responsible hunting, including safety, ethics, and landowner  relations-
hunter  relations,  issued or honored by the department of environmental
conservation.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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