Cornell has offered a “Bulls Eye” pistol course as part of their PE Department for several years. If they had anyone 21 or older in that class then what they were doing was illegal because you have to have a license if you want to touch a gun if you are 21 or older. Something must have happened because all of a sudden a bill appeared in the Senate and Assembly that allows schools to give a handgun class to people over 21. Cornell requested the bill and this is the first year that this bill has been offered.
The bill was introduced on 5/11/12, passed the Assembly on 5/30/12 by 130 for to 7 against. Passed the Senate on 6/12/12, 59 to 0, and was signed by Gov. Cuomo on 8/1/12
Now we have to get a bill passed that allows people to shoot as part of a class at a range.
From the bill A10204
To allow for Cornell University students over the age of 21 to take the Introduction to Handgun Safety and Marksmanship course.
1 Section 1. Subdivision a of section 265.20 of the penal law is amended
2 by adding a new paragraph 12-a to read as follows:
3 12-A. POSSESSION AND USE OF A PISTOL OR REVOLVER, AT AN INDOOR OR
4 OUTDOOR SHOOTING RANGE, BY A REGISTERED STUDENT OF A HIGHER EDUCATION
5 INSTITUTION CHARTERED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN
6 A COURSE IN GUN SAFETY AND PROFICIENCY OFFERED BY SUCH INSTITUTION,
7 UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION, GUIDANCE, AND INSTRUCTION OF A PERSON
8 SPECIFIED IN PARAGRAPH SEVEN OF THIS SUBDIVISION.
9 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.