assembly Bill A5440

2019-2020 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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Jul 17, 2020 held for consideration in codes
Jan 08, 2020 referred to codes
Feb 12, 2019 referred to codes

A5440 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §265.20, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A10719
2011-2012: A4058
2013-2014: A182
2015-2016: A1623
2017-2018: A4699

A5440 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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.

A5440 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 12, 2019

Introduced  by M. of A. SALKA -- read once and referred 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


  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.