Information about Kids and Guns.
KIDS AND GUNS
Kids and guns do go together and you probably had
some exposure to some type of gun by a parent, relative or neighbor by
the time you were 18 years old. Your impression of that encounter
and others while you were a child helped form your opinion and attitude
toward guns. It is the responsibility of each gun owner to
make that impression a positive one and to use the opportunity to teach
gun safety and responsibility. Nothing anyone can do can completely
gun proof a child. We can not completely gun-proof adults either.
We can, however, do a lot, and we should do everything that we can, to
make very young kids safer around guns. You know your child and
you will have to decide what is correct when dealing with guns as well
as all of the other things that you are responsible for.
WHAT, AS PARENTS, ARE WE TO DO?
We should be responsible adults and use reason and logic and not hysteria and misinformation. We should do the same thing that we do when we teach our children about fire. Smoky the Bear and his "Only you can prevent forest fires" is a good education program. Everyone knows the "STOP, DROP AND ROLL." The Eddie Eagle ® program teaches the phrases, "STOP, DON'T TOUCH, LEAVE THE AREA AND TELL AN ADULT.
I AM A VOLUNTEER FOR THE Eddie Eagle ® PROGRAM. IF YOU WANT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM OR THE WORKBOOKS PLEASE CONTACT ME. I HAVE ALREADY HELPED SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN THE AREA WITH THE PROGRAM.
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I have fond memories of my father teaching me to shoot a lever action, spring powdered DAISY BB rifle. I started letting my daughter pull the trigger while I held the BB gun when she was about 6. All of the same gun safety rules still apply to all BB guns, Pellet guns and air guns. Make sure that you follow the "KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND." rule. I would add "MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TARGET WILL ACCEPT YOUR BULLET/BB/PELLET." (My neighbor was shooting at a paper target on a tree and the Pellets were glancing off the tree and into a neighbors yard.) Please look at my "WHY YOU SHOULD BUY AN AIR GUN" page to find links to Daisy and Crosman. They both make quality affordable rifles and pistols and have other information that you will find interesting.
PROTECT YOUR HEARING
Several companies make small guns for the youth market. Two of the basic are the CRICKET, (shown above,) and the Chipmunk. They are both single shot 22 cal, bolt action but the hammer is not set when you close the bolt. You have to reach up and pull the plunger back to cock it. They are both very easy to use.
CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF MORE YOUTH GUNS
Many clubs in the area have special shooting
programs for young shooters who have reached the legal age to shoot.
Most start with single shot 22 Caliber rifles. This is the smallest
caliber that you can use, and is generally regarded as the safest and
easiest gun to shoot for the beginner, but if you get good enough you
can shoot the same caliber and type of gun in the OLYMPICS. You
can buy guns for less than $100 and go all the way to several thousand
dollars. Click on the links for the local clubs and see what they
offer at this time. Each year many clubs have special one or two day shooting
programs for kids such as the MONROE-CHESTER
National Shooting Team.
It takes a lot of work to become a member of the US Olympic Shooting Team. You can do it! And with members of the National Shooting Team ranging in age from 15 to over 50, it's never too late (or too early) to start down the Road to the Olympics.
These are some of the NY Penal laws that deal with the age of shooters that define the legal age to shoot and it is important to know the legal age for kids to shoot different types of guns and under what conditions. In general, PL 265.05 outlaws everything and then other sections of 265.xx list the exemptions that allows kids under a certain age to shoot if the rules are followed. I do not think that the police have a special program to catch people who are teaching their young kids to shoot in their back yard or basement as long as it is done in a safe manner and your neighbors houses or cars are not being hit. As with all laws, these laws can change as they did change in 1999. Some cities and counties might have local laws. NY City bans all BB/Pellet gun of any type and a few other cities ban or license posession of BB/Pellet guns. (Yonkers requires that you have a handgun license and then apply to put a BB/Pellet gun on your handgun license. Yonkers stupid law.) Orange County does not have any special rules regarding air guns. Use my links to look up PL 265 if you want to check on the current law. NOTE: The reader must take full and complete responsibility for the laws regarding firearms in his jurisdiction as well as proper safety precautions involving every facet of firearms and related components. This web site may contain errors, and it is the responsibility of the reader to check with his or her local law enforcement authorities as to the laws which dictate how, when, why, and where he may use firearms in any situation.PL§ 265.05 Unlawful possession of weapons by persons under sixteen. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of sixteen to possess any air-gun, spring-gun or other instrument or weapon in which the propelling force is a spring or air, or any gun or any instrument or weapon in or upon which any loaded or blank cartridges may be used, or any loaded or blank cartridges or ammunition therefor, or any dangerous knife; provided that the possession of rifle or shotgun or ammunition therefor by the holder of a hunting license or permit issued pursuant to article eleven of the environmental conservation law and used in accordance with said law shall not be governed by this section. A person who violates the provisions of this section shall be adjudged a juvenile delinquent.
HERE TO SEE MORE INFO ABOUT THE NEW LAW THAT ALLOWS
14 TO 21 YEAR OLDS USING A HANDGUN WITHOUT A LICENSE.
NY Penal law section 265.20
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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