Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon’s amendment to let children younger than 16 have access to guns for lawful and supervised use in certain circumstances is part of a new gun safe-storage law, the Mohawk Valley lawmaker announced.
The amendment was part of a bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week.
“Proper storage of firearms is a critical and necessary precaution that all gun owners should take to prevent tragedies,” said Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy.
“That being said, it shouldn’t prevent those who take these precautions seriously from teaching their children how to safely operate a firearm,” she added.
“This law will help strike a balance between protecting our children and respecting the rights of responsible gun-owning New Yorkers,” the assemblywoman said.
The safe storage bill requires gun owners to lock up firearms, rifles and shotguns or render them incapable of being fired by using an appropriate locking device if there is a child under the age of 16 residing in the home.
Failure to comply with certain provisions of the legislation could result in a class A misdemeanor or a fine.
Buttenschon’s amendment to the legislation clarifies that a person under 16 can continue to use firearms at a gun range under immediate supervision or when the person under 16 has a hunting license or permit.