senate Bill S927

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Proscribes persons, firms or corporations engaged in retail business of selling firearms from selling, delivering or transferring child operated firearms

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S927 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3584
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §265.18, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1915, A3936
2009-2010: S5228, A1326A

S927 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits persons, firms or corporations engaged in the retail business of selling firearms from selling, delivering or transferring child operated firearms; defines "child operated firearm" to mean a pistol or revolver manufactured 1 year after the effective date of these provisions which does not contain a childproofing device or mechanism incorporated into the design of such pistol or revolver to effectively preclude an average 5 year old from firing same; makes violations a class A misdemeanor.

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BILL NUMBER:S927

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to the sale of child operated
firearms

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would prohibit the sale of pistols or revolvers by any
person, firm or corporation in the retail business of selling guns
which does not contain child proofing features built into the design
of the gun.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would prohibit the sale of pistols or revolvers by any
person, firm or corporation in the retail business of selling guns
which does not contain child proofing features built into the design
of the gun.
The prohibition would apply to pistols or revolvers manufactured
twelve or more months after the effective date of the bill. Design
features could include the capacity to adjust the trigger resistance
of the gun to at least a ten pound pull, the capacity to alter the
firing mechanism so- that an average five year old child's hand would
be too small to operate the gun, or the capacity to require a series
of multiple motions in order to fire the gun. A violation of this
provision would be a class A misdemeanor.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
There is no requirement that pistol or revolvers contain child
proofing design features for such guns.

JUSTIFICATION:
According to the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 85%
of 3- to 4- year olds are strong enough to pull the trigger of a gun
- a recipe for disaster. But such tragedies involving young children
can be prevented; the technology to do so is readily available.
In an historic agreement recently reached between Smith & Wesson and
the Departments of the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development,
Local Governments and States, Smith & Wesson agreed that, within a 12
month period, all of its handguns will be designed so that they
cannot be readily operated by a child under 6.
This bill will have the effect of ensuring that all handguns sold at
retail in New York will meet the standards agreed to by Smith & Wesson.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: Senate and Assembly - Referred to Codes
2011-2012: S1915

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First of November next succeeding the date on which become a law.

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

                                   927

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SERRANO -- 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 sale of child operated
  firearms

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

  Section  1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 265.18 to
read as follows:
S 265.18 SALE OF CHILD OPERATED FIREARMS; CHILDPROOFING.
  1. NO PERSON, FIRM, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR  CORPORATION  ENGAGED
IN  THE  RETAIL  BUSINESS  OF SELLING RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR FIREARMS SHALL
SELL, DELIVER OR TRANSFER ANY CHILD OPERATED FIREARM TO ANOTHER PERSON.
  2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,  "CHILD  OPERATED  FIREARM"  MEANS  A
PISTOL  OR  REVOLVER MANUFACTURED TWELVE MONTHS OR MORE AFTER THE EFFEC-
TIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION WHICH DOES NOT CONTAIN A CHILDPROOFING  DEVICE
OR  MECHANISM INCORPORATED INTO THE DESIGN OF SUCH PISTOL OR REVOLVER TO
EFFECTIVELY PRECLUDE AN AVERAGE FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD FROM  OPERATING  THE
PISTOL OR REVOLVER. SUCH DEVICES OR MECHANISMS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE
LIMITED  TO: THE CAPACITY TO ADJUST THE TRIGGER RESISTANCE TO AT LEAST A
TEN POUND PULL, THE CAPACITY TO ALTER THE FIRING MECHANISM  SO  THAT  AN
AVERAGE  FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD'S HANDS ARE TOO SMALL TO OPERATE THE PISTOL
OR REVOLVER, OR THE CAPACITY TO REQUIRE A SERIES OF MULTIPLE MOTIONS  IN
ORDER TO FIRE THE PISTOL OR REVOLVER.
  3.  THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE STATE POLICE SHALL, IN CONSULTATION WITH
SUCH GUN MANUFACTURERS AS SUCH SUPERINTENDENT DEEMS  APPROPRIATE,  ADOPT
RULES  AND  REGULATIONS ESTABLISHING MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CHILDPROOFING
DEVICES OR MECHANISMS TO ENSURE THAT SUCH CHILDPROOFING DEVICES OR MECH-
ANISMS ARE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.
  4. ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WHO VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS
SECTION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00568-01-3

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