There are special circumstances that allow kids and people who have applied for permits to shoot under the supervision of an instructor, as well as two people with permits to switch guns, but I don't see anything that allows a non-permit holder to do so.
There is also an exemption to let kids shoot handguns at the range when supervised by their parents or a person designated by the parents whom holds a hunter safety certificate. You need not be an instructor to let a kid shoot your handgun, provided that he falls within the age range (I think it's 14 to 21 but double check that before you take it as gospel) covered by the exemption.
No such exemption exists for adults. An adult needs to be licensed to legally handle a handgun in NYS.
Ok...so if I want to take my kids to shoot, they have to be younger than 16, and I have to have a DEC hunter safety certificate. From 16-20, they have to be with an instructor, or am I still good with that certificate? At 21 they'd have to have their own permit.
My understanding is that you don't need the DEC certificate if you are the parent or guardian. That requirement only comes into play if a third party designated by you (e.g., you want me to take them shooting) is the one that takes them to the range. I also believe that you can take them right up until they turn 21.
Keep in mind that I'm not a lawyer and I am going from memory here. If you'd like I'll consult my black book of NYS Firearms laws when I get home.
A non permit holder can also shoot a handgun here (and bring their own) if they are from out of state and are coming to NY to shoot in an NRA sanctioned event and staying less than a certain amount of time (72 hours?). That exemption doesn't apply to a NY resident as far as I know.
Can't speak for CT or NJ but PA isn't a problem at all. No license requirement in that state to possess or own a handgun; only to carry one concealed. In fact I will usually take my friends to the SGL (state game lands) public ranges if they want to try out my handguns. I live near the border and it allows me to keep us all legal so it's worth the extra hour in the car.
Thanks for the clarification. And let me add i hate this state and really need to leave. Doesn't quite make sense to me that a juvenile, who is more likely less mature than an "adult" can shoot under supervision of the licensee, but not an adult. This state really is ridonkulous.
Anywho - thanks for the updates. I also lol'd at that comment about the tree . that was good.
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