New York Assemblywoman Introduces Bill to Ban Kids from Gun Shows

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posted on January 29, 2015
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Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal (D-WF Manhattan) introduced a bill to the New York State Assembly that would ban children under 12 years of age from attending gun shows. The bill's website claims its purpose was to protect minors from "exposure to deadly weaponry at gun shows." In 2013, the same bill was introduced and failed to gain traction. Bill A967 doesn't include provisions for minors accompanied by adults.

“As the gun industry prepares a public campaign to broaden the appeal of guns, it is important that we establish reasonable age limits for admission to gun shows by children,” states the "Justification" section of the bill. “Within New York State and other areas of jurisdiction, we have myriad regulations that seek to protect minors from exposure to certain potentially dangerous situations and influences. For example, a minor is restricted from watching films or playing certain video games that portray deadly weaponry and gunplay. Currently, however, minors of any age may gain unfettered access to a gun show. As our State continues to look for solutions to violence involving guns, we must begin by limiting the exposure of young children to these weapons and their capabilities.”

Rosenthal, a big supporter of gun control, is a member of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, and she voted for the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act.

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