TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to exempting students in gun safety and proficiency courses from certain provisions of law
PURPOSE: To allow for Cornell University students over the age of 21 to take the Introduction to Handgun Safety and Marksmanship course.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends current law subdivision (a) of section 265.20 of the penal law to add a new paragraph 12-a allowing anexemption for any registered student of a higher education institution chartered by the state of New York, who is participating in a course in gun safety and proficiency offered by such institution, under the immediate supervision, guidance, and instruction of a person specified in paragraph seven of subdivision (a).
EXISTING LAW: Existing law allows for a youth exemption for anyone under the age of 21.
JUSTIFICATION: To encourage proper operation of handguns in New York State, a safety and marksmanship course teaches skills to interested students that will aid in safe firearm handling for a lifetime. Asstudents under the age of 21 are already allowed to take these types of courses, exempting older students from restriction will enable them, also, to receive this important training.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
Maybe not now, but it could be a foot in the door, so to speak. One day, our fine state could fall in line with the will of the American people and embrace the 2nd Amendment with open arms! Schools all over New York would teach the importance of firearm safety while also promoting an attitude of respect instead of fear.I was going to post this earlier until I realized how pointless it is.
It's a step in the right direction but it's so small it doesn't really help anyone. Do you really see colleges in NYS having handgun classes?
Did you read the part about "any registered student of a higher education institution chartered by the state of New York,"One being that it's only for Cornell students an
What exactly is a positive of not letting EVERY adult handle firearms under supervision?As someone who is VERY new to gun ownership (Im still waiting for my references before I submit my application) I can totally understand both sides. I think it's ridiculous to me that students in instructor-led safety courses can not handle or shoot a gun w/ safety bullets or something. it's clear this was specifically for Cornell BUT it could be a starting point to opening the conversation for more changes. (20 years from now, lol).
When I said I could understand both sides, I was referring to people who believe this is a stepping stone to greater possibilities AND those who think this is a total piece of crock. Personally, I think it is utterly stupid to have a firearm safety course which will not, at the very least, allow the students to handle and/or shoot a handgun. I would totally advocate for provided handguns with dummy rounds (if the concern was insurance) OR live rounds in classrooms where each section of the course is demonstrated and practiced by the students! I even suggested why instructors couldn't use air guns... This way, everyone learns how to load, clean, shoot, store a gun including safety switches, sliding semi's ejecting cartridges/magazines, etc. I had my first safety class today and that's my only gripe. Watching people shoot guns on a video is not adequate training...although you learn a lot, unfortunately, I'll have to take ANOTHER class once I get my license just because I want to make sure I know safety like the back of my hand. AND furthermore, I believe by having the course a requirement BEFORE obtaining your license without a refresher, with lic. taking up to 6 months, people, who are not able to practice their safety rules, will probably forget them. I think the system needs to be changed and I'm willing to fight for that change. sign petitions, and join as many groups as I can and offer suggestions...etc. SO, I FULLY AGREE WITH YOU: adults SHOULD be able to handle firearms...and firearms of ALL kinds.What exactly is a positive of not letting EVERY adult handle firearms under supervision?
A step further would be what exactly is the positive of not letting any ADULT handle firearms WITHOUT supervision?