Senate Bill S8461B

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Establishes the sporting range good neighbor act

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S8461 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§37-0123, 37-0125 & 37-0127, amd §71-3703, En Con L

2023-S8461 - Summary

Establishes the sporting range good neighbor act requiring skeet field tracts at shooting ranges to be certain dimensions; prohibits them from including wetlands or open water sources; directs the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations regarding environmental stewardship and lead ammo material reclamation.

2023-S8461 - Sponsor Memo

2023-S8461 - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8461
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 31, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection
 
 AN ACT to amend the general business law, in  relation  to  establishing
   the "sporting range good neighbor act"
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "sporting
 range good neighbor act".
   §  2.  The  general business law is amended by adding two new sections
 151 and 152 to read as follows:
   § 151. SHOOTING RANGES; SKEET FIELDS. 1. (A) EVERY SKEET  FIELD  TRACT
 AT  A  SHOOTING  RANGE  SHALL BE A MINIMUM OF SIX HUNDRED YARDS BY THREE
 HUNDRED YARDS WITH THE SHOOTING SEMICIRCLE LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF  THE
 LONG SIDE.
   (B) ANY SHOOTING RANGE WHICH IS UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS
 OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONSTRUCT AND MAINTAIN APPRO-
 PRIATE  BACKSTOPS  TO  PREVENT  LEAD MIGRATION OUTSIDE OF THE DESIGNATED
 SKEET FIELD TRACT. SUCH BACKSTOPS SHALL BE CONSTRUCTED OF MATERIAL  THAT
 EFFECTIVELY  CAPTURES  BULLETS AND SHALL BE COVERED BY A ROOF TO PREVENT
 PRECIPITATION FROM ERODING SUCH BACKSTOPS.
   2. NO PORTION OF A SKEET FIELD TRACT SHALL INCLUDE A WETLAND  OR  OPEN
 WATER SOURCE.
   3.  AS  USED IN THIS SECTION, "SKEET FIELD TRACT" SHALL MEAN A PORTION
 OF AN OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE USED FOR CLAY, SPORTING CLAY, TRAP OR SKEET
 SHOOTING.
   § 152. OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND LEAD AMMU-
 NITION MATERIAL RECLAMATION. THE DEPARTMENT OF  ENVIRONMENTAL  CONSERVA-
 TION  SHALL  PROMULGATE  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL
 STEWARDSHIP AND LEAD AMMUNITION MATERIAL RECLAMATION AT OUTDOOR SHOOTING
 RANGES AND REQUIRE REPORTING BY OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGES  REGARDING  SUCH
 RANGES'  ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND LEAD AMMUNITION MATERIAL RECLAMA-
 TION. SUCH REPORTING SHALL INCLUDE:
   1. ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS THAT  HAVE  BEEN  COMPLETED  ON  THE  OUTDOOR
 SHOOTING RANGE;
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

2023-S8461A - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§37-0123, 37-0125 & 37-0127, amd §71-3703, En Con L

2023-S8461A - Summary

Establishes the sporting range good neighbor act requiring skeet field tracts at shooting ranges to be certain dimensions; prohibits them from including wetlands or open water sources; directs the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations regarding environmental stewardship and lead ammo material reclamation.

2023-S8461A - Sponsor Memo

2023-S8461A - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8461--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 31, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Consumer  Protection  --
   committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
   recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
   establishing the "sporting range good neighbor act"

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "sporting
 range good neighbor act".
   §  2.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding two new
 sections 37-0123 and 37-0125 to read as follows:
 § 37-0123. SHOOTING RANGES; SKEET FIELDS; PREVENTION OF LEAD MIGRATION.
   1. (A) EVERY SKEET FIELD TRACT AT A SHOOTING RANGE SHALL BE A  MINIMUM
 OF SIX HUNDRED YARDS BY THREE HUNDRED YARDS WITH THE SHOOTING SEMICIRCLE
 LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LONG SIDE.
   (B) ANY SHOOTING RANGE WHICH IS UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS
 OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONSTRUCT AND MAINTAIN APPRO-
 PRIATE  BACKSTOPS  TO  PREVENT  LEAD MIGRATION OUTSIDE OF THE DESIGNATED
 SKEET FIELD TRACT. SUCH BACKSTOPS SHALL BE CONSTRUCTED OF MATERIAL  THAT
 EFFECTIVELY  CAPTURES  BULLETS AND SHALL BE COVERED BY A ROOF TO PREVENT
 PRECIPITATION FROM ERODING SUCH BACKSTOPS.
   2. NO PORTION OF A SKEET FIELD TRACT SHALL INCLUDE A WETLAND  OR  OPEN
 WATER SOURCE.
   3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
 ING MEANINGS:
   (A) "SHOOTING RANGE" SHALL MEAN AN OUTDOOR RANGE EQUIPPED WITH TARGETS
 FOR  USE  WITH  FIREARMS  AND  SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ALL
 RIFLE, PISTOL AND SHOTGUN RANGES.
   (B) "SKEET FIELD TRACT" SHALL MEAN A PORTION OF  AN  OUTDOOR  SHOOTING
 RANGE USED FOR CLAY, SPORTING CLAY, TRAP OR SKEET SHOOTING.
 § 37-0125.  OUTDOOR  SHOOTING  RANGE  ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND LEAD
              AMMUNITION MATERIAL RECLAMATION.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD13396-04-4
              

2023-S8461B (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§37-0123, 37-0125 & 37-0127, amd §71-3703, En Con L

2023-S8461B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the sporting range good neighbor act requiring skeet field tracts at shooting ranges to be certain dimensions; prohibits them from including wetlands or open water sources; directs the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations regarding environmental stewardship and lead ammo material reclamation.

2023-S8461B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S8461B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8461--B
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 31, 2024
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Consumer  Protection  --
   committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
   recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged  and  said  bill
   committed  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- committee
   discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
   to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
   establishing the "sporting range good neighbor act"
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "sporting
 range good neighbor act".
   § 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding three new
 sections 37-0123, 37-0125 and 37-0127 to read as follows:
 § 37-0123. SHOOTING RANGES; SKEET FIELDS; PREVENTION OF LEAD MIGRATION.
   1.  (A) EVERY SKEET FIELD TRACT AT A SHOOTING RANGE SHALL BE A MINIMUM
 OF SIX HUNDRED YARDS BY THREE HUNDRED YARDS WITH THE SHOOTING SEMICIRCLE
 LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LONG SIDE.
   (B) ANY SHOOTING RANGE WHICH IS UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS
 OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL CONSTRUCT AND MAINTAIN APPRO-
 PRIATE BACKSTOPS TO PREVENT LEAD MIGRATION  OUTSIDE  OF  THE  DESIGNATED
 SKEET  FIELD TRACT. SUCH BACKSTOPS SHALL BE CONSTRUCTED OF MATERIAL THAT
 EFFECTIVELY CAPTURES BULLETS AND SHALL BE COVERED BY A ROOF  TO  PREVENT
 PRECIPITATION FROM ERODING SUCH BACKSTOPS.
   2.  NO  PORTION OF A SKEET FIELD TRACT SHALL INCLUDE A WETLAND OR OPEN
 WATER SOURCE.
   3. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
 ING MEANINGS:
   (A) "SHOOTING RANGE" SHALL MEAN AN OUTDOOR RANGE EQUIPPED WITH TARGETS
 FOR USE WITH FIREARMS AND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO,  ALL
 RIFLE, PISTOL AND SHOTGUN RANGES.
   (B)  "SKEET  FIELD  TRACT" SHALL MEAN A PORTION OF AN OUTDOOR SHOOTING
 RANGE USED FOR CLAY, SPORTING CLAY, TRAP OR SKEET SHOOTING.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
              

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mcbreartypat72
1 month ago

This bill will close the majority of sportsmen's clubs in NY state. It will also deprive the High School Clay Target teams as well a 4H and boy scout teams of practice areas, Further it will prohibit the live fire portion of all Hunter Safety courses.

Joseph_Kelly
1 month ago

The Purpose of this bill is misleading as described ( "..requiring skeet field tracts) amd is inconsistent with the definition of "shooting range" which includes rifle, pistol, and shotguns. So while there may be merit in reducing environmental impact of lead introduced by skeet shooting, this bill effectively applies these restrictions very broadly. This bill needs to be revised to be more clear about what is and is not covered.

Also, the definition of "backstop" is not adequately defined. More detail is required for sport men's clubs to understand what compliance means and to understand the significant financial and environmental impact this may cause to club budgets and property.

Amy_Snell_1
1 month ago

This bill is going to cause most sporting clubs to close up because I am sure that there are many costs to be compliant after reading the descriptioin of what needs to be done. This will not only effect the club and the members of such clubs, it will also effect schoool trap teams which have grown in NYS as well as 4-H, Boys Scouts and church leagues. This bill should not be passed.

sammorse63
1 month ago

The local gun clubs provide a safe and responsible environment for legal gun owners to become familiar with their firearms, to become confident and accurate shooters through practice and to shoot competitively. The clubs hold hunter education courses, concealed carry courses and other clinics and classes for the shooting enthusiasts. They provide training facilities for local law enforcement, NYS Police, university police departments, local school resource officers and others. They host the USA Clay Target League for over 3,600 high school trap and skeet shooters on more than 140 teams.
These clubs are long-standing establishments, some very small in size, others have numerous ranges and shooting fields. It is not feasible or affordable for any of them to build large backstops with roofs on them. Most clubs survive on membership dues, contributions of their members and volunteer hours. These restrictions would financially cripple the clubs, forcing them to close and send their members back to the State Land or private fields to practice shooting – without established ranges and safety features such as provided by the clubs.
Please help preserve the shooting ranges in Central New York, the safe and responsible places for our legal gun owners, our youth and our law enforcement to practice and compete. I ask you to vote NO on this bill before it negatively impacts all shooting ranges across the state.

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