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We were watching it last night. The plot was that a NYC dad gives his kid a pistol to have him 'man' up. The kid takes it to school to intimidate another kid. They get into a wrestling match as the second kid reasonably doesn't want to get shot and tackles the first kid. A teacher tries to intervene and gets shot as the gun goes off in the tussle. He wasn't deliberately shot.

The L and O DAs decide to prosecute the dad for murder/manslaughter (I forget), as he gave the gun to the kid.

I would think that giving the gun to the kid in NYC is a major gun law violation. Can NYC (or NYS) kids possess handgun guns legally? I don't think so. A transfer would have to go through the permitting process. For curiousity, can kids shoot handguns in NYS?

I recall at a gun show, a permitted Dad gave a dealer's handgun to his kid to hold. The dealer went - OH NO - on that.

So I think, the DAs had a slam dunk gun felony. Not so sure on the murder charges.
 

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How about taking someone below 18 to range to shoot a handgun? Is that against the law here?
(Note: the question should be about people under 21, since one cannot obtain a pistol permit before that age in NY).

The best place for answers to this is the law itself. In this case, § 265.20 of NYS Penal Law specifies exemptions from subdivision twenty-two of section 265.00 and sections 265.01, 265.01-a, 265.01-b, 265.01-c, 265.02, 265.03, 265.04, 265.05, 265.10, 265.11, 265.12, 265.13, 265.15, 265.36, 265.37, 265.50, 265.55 and 270.05. (265.01 through 265.05 define criminal possession of a weapon, which is what we're talking about here).

The applicable exemptions are quoted below:

7-c. Possession for the purpose of loading and firing, of a rifle,
pistol or shotgun, the propelling force of which may be either air,
compressed gas or springs, by a person under sixteen years of age but
not under twelve, under the immediate supervision, guidance and
instruction of (a) a duly commissioned officer of the United States
army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or of the national guard of the
state of New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult citizen of the United
States who has been granted a certificate as an instructor in small arms
practice issued by the United States army, navy or marine corps, or by
the adjutant general of this state, by the national rifle association of
America, a not-for-profit corporation duly organized under the laws of
this state, or by a New York state 4-H certified shooting sports
instructor; or (c) a parent, guardian, or a person over the age of
eighteen designated in writing by such parent or guardian who shall have
a certificate of qualification in responsible hunting, including safety,
ethics, and landowner relations-hunter relations, issued or honored by
the department of environmental conservation.
7-d. Possession, at an indoor or outdoor shooting range for the
purpose of loading and firing, of a rifle, pistol or shotgun, the
propelling force of which may be either air, compressed gas or springs,
by a person under twelve years of age, under the immediate supervision,
guidance and instruction of (a) a duly commissioned officer of the
United States army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or of the
national guard of the state of New York; or (b) a duly qualified adult
citizen of the United States who has been granted a certificate as an
instructor in small arms practice issued by the United States army, navy
or marine corps, or by the adjutant general of this state, by the
national rifle association of America, a not-for-profit corporation duly
organized under the laws of this state, or by a New York state 4-H
certified shooting sports instructor; or (c) a parent, guardian, or a
person over the age of eighteen designated in writing by such parent or
guardian who shall have a certificate of qualification in responsible
hunting, including safety, ethics, and landowner relations-hunter
relations, issued or honored by the department of environmental
conservation.
7-e. Possession and use of a pistol or revolver, at an indoor or
outdoor pistol range located in or on premises owned or occupied by a
duly incorporated organization organized for conservation purposes or to
foster proficiency in small arms or at a target pistol shooting
competition under the auspices of or approved by an association or
organization described in paragraph 7-a of this subdivision for the
purpose of loading and firing the same by a person at least fourteen
years of age but under the age of twenty-one who has not been previously
convicted of a felony or serious offense, and who does not appear to be,
or pose a threat to be, a danger to himself or to others; provided
however, that such possession shall be of a pistol or revolver duly
licensed to and shall be used under the immediate supervision, guidance
and instruction of, a person specified in paragraph seven of this
subdivision.
 
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