|SAME AS||SAME AS S05125-A|
|Amd §399-qq, Gen Bus L|
|Prohibits the sale or promotional distribution of machetes to minors; machete means a large heavy knife with a broad blade, used primarily for cutting brush or vegetation.|
|03/29/2017||referred to consumer affairs and protection|
|05/10/2017||amend and recommit to consumer affairs and protection|
|05/10/2017||print number 7013a|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7013A SPONSOR: Ramos
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale or promotional distribution of machetes to minors   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would prohibit businesses from selling machetes to minors.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Of the general business law, no person, firm, or corporation shall sell or offer to sell or give away as either a retail or wholesale promotion a machete to any person under eighteen years of age. To define, the term "machete" means a large heavy knife with a broad blade, used primarily for cutting brush or vegetation. Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: In recent years, the number of violent assaults between and among gangs have increased in the State of New York. In many of these attacks, machetes have been the weapon of choice. By prohibiting sale to minors, this bill seeks to reduce accessibility of this dangerous weapon. Currently under New York State law, it is illegal for a minor to possess a machete with intent to use as a weapon; however, it is still legal for businesses to sell machetes to minors. This bill would expand the list of items prohibited to sell to minors to include machetes.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7013--A 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 29, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. RAMOS -- read once and referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit- tee AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale or promotional distribution of machetes to minors The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 399-qq of the general business law, as added by 2 chapter 243 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: 3 § 399-qq. Sale or promotional distribution of machetes, utility 4 knives, box cutters, or box cart cutters. 1. No person, firm, or corpo- 5 ration shall sell or offer to sell or give away as either a retail or 6 wholesale promotion a machete, utility knife, box cutter, or box cart 7 cutter to any person under eighteen years of age. 8 2. For purposes of this section, the term "utility knife", "box 9 cutter", or "box cart cutter" means a knife consisting of a razor blade, 10 retractable or non-retractable, attached to or contained within a plas- 11 tic or metal housing. For the purposes of this section, the term 12 "machete" means a large heavy knife with a broad blade, used primarily 13 for cutting brush or vegetation. 14 3. The provisions of this section shall not preclude the temporary 15 transfer of a machete, utility knife, box cutter, or box cart cutter to 16 a person under eighteen years of age by such person's employer where 17 such device is possessed only on the employer's premises and only during 18 the course and scope of such person's employment. 19 4. No provision of this section shall be deemed to restrict the 20 authority of any county, city, town or village to enact and enforce 21 additional local laws, ordinances or codes, or portions thereof, 22 provided the provisions thereof are not inconsistent with the provisions 23 of this section. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10261-04-7A. 7013--A 2 1 5. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates the provisions of 2 this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than five 3 hundred dollars. 4 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.