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A04519 Summary:

BILL NOA04519
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORGoodell
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRBlankenbush
 
Amd 265.20, Pen L
 
Authorizes the possession and use of a single shot .22 caliber rifle by a person eleven years of age on a rifle range while supervised at an indoor or outdoor shooting range.
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A04519 Actions:

BILL NOA04519
 
02/02/2017referred to codes
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A04519 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A4519
 
SPONSOR: Goodell
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to lawful possession of weap- ons by persons eleven years of age   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To reduce by one year the age at which one may participate in certain sport shooting safety programs.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Subdivision a. of section 265.20 penal law is amended by adding a new paragraph 7-f.   JUSTIFICATION: Section 265.20 (a) (7) Penal Law provides an exemption to a number of "criminal possession of weapon" statutes, thereby allowing a person twelve years of age, among others, to possess, load, and fire any cali- ber rifle or shotgun when supervised by a certified rifle instructor or parent at any shooting range. This provision prevents an eleven-year- old, the age at which one may join the Boy Scouts, from participating in the shooting program offered at camp. This bill would not allow an eleven-year-old to possess any rifle or shotgun, but instead is limited to a single shot .22 caliber rifle. This bill would also not allow such possession to occur at any shooting range, but rather is limited to those that adhere to the strict layout and operating standards established by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. These include range layouts regarding backstops, firing lanes, and equipment storage and a limit of no more than eight shooters supervised by one instructor, among other standards. Finally, unlike current law, an untrained parent or guardian may not provide supervision. Rather, supervision and instruction is limited to only certain adults who are certified by the military, the NRA or the Boy Scouts as a rifle instructor. The Boy Scouts of America maintains that the key to firearm safety is education and training, such as that provided by its shooting program. Strict safety and other operating standards have made the Boy Scouts program among the safest in the country This bill is introduced at the request of the Allegheny Highlands Council, Inc. of the Boy Scouts of America.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.1936 (2009): died in Codes Committee A.2579 (2008): died in Codes Committee A.6083 (2012): Referred to Codes A.5020 (2014): Referred to Codes A.5114 (2016): Referred to Codes   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This legislation has no fiscal implications.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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A04519 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          4519
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 2, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. GOODELL -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Codes
 
        AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to lawful possession of weap-
          ons by persons eleven years of age
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law is amended
     2  by adding a new paragraph 7-g to read as follows:
     3    7-g.  Possession  and use, at an indoor or outdoor shooting range, the
     4  layout and operation of which conform to guidelines and operating stand-
     5  ards established by the national council of the Boy Scouts  of  America,
     6  for  the  purpose  of  loading  and  firing of a single shot .22 caliber
     7  rifle, the propelling force of which is gunpowder, by  a  person  eleven
     8  years  of  age  who  is  under  the  immediate supervision, guidance and
     9  instruction of (a) a duly commissioned  officer  of  the  United  States
    10  army,  navy,  marine corps, air force or coast guard, or of the national
    11  guard of the state of New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult citizen of
    12  the United States at least twenty-one years of  age  who  (i)  has  been
    13  granted  a certificate as a rifle instructor issued by the United States
    14  army, navy, marine corps, air force or coast guard, or by  the  adjutant
    15  general  of this state, or by the national rifle association of America,
    16  a not-for-profit corporation duly  organized  under  the  laws  of  this
    17  state, or (ii) has been certified as a shooting sports director by a Boy
    18  Scouts of America national camping school.
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
    20  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.
                                                                   LBD09134-01-7
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