Pistol Training for Minors in NY State

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    Pistol Training for Minors in NY State

    This isn't a concealed carry issue, but my family was having a discussion about doing things with sons and daughters and it came up that since my sister only has a son, and I only have daughters, my sister enjoyed shopping with my daughter. I mentioned that I liked having the opportunity to do "guy things" with my nephew like going to the range shooting. My 16 year old daughter said: "I'd do with you".

    Great!!! So I looked online for appropriate laws regarding minors and handguns on a registered ranges in NY and found a reference to a bill signed by Gov. Pataki allowing minors over 14 and under 21 to shoot on an incorporated range without a pistol permit.

    I know that any legal advice is worth what I paid for it, but does anyone know if this law is in effect, what the parameters are, and if you've taken advantage of it with your youngsters.

    If I can train my daughter in the proper use of a handgun, it might be something that she's good at (and might save her life).

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    Wow, every time I read one of these it scares me how restricted some people are.

    I don't know the answer to your question, until you asked it, it had never occured to me that people can't just go to the range whenever they want.

    Honestly, I would just call the range that you were going to attend and ask them how they like to handle minors at their range.

    Congrats on getting your daughter interested!
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    Here's a direct quote from NY State law:

    Persons between age 18 and 20 may possess and use a handgun 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 the NRA and while under the immediate supervision, guidance and instruction of a certified instruction and while possessing or using the instructor's licensed handgun.

    A minor at least 14 years of age may hunt with any rifle or shotgun, provided he has a valid hunting license and is accompanied by his parent, guardian or other parentally-designated adult who also holds a valid hunting license.

    The way I read this, a minor would not be allowed to "possess" a handgun in NY State. I would also take that to mean use as well. You migght want to double-check at your local range, but I don't know if there are any exceptions. This is not a legal opinion, but just my interpretation of the law.

    The full code can be found here:

    Firearm Laws for New York

    Hope this helps,
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    Wouldn't it be simpler to move to a free state like PA or VA?

    Good luck on your search and happy shooting!
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