There’s some good news coming out of New York for hunters in the last week. This seems like it’s a rare occurrence these days but whenever it does happen it’s time to celebrate. I would not call either of these two bills monumental but a win is a win and everyone involved should be congratulated and applauded.
The first bill signed into law was Assembly Bill 8078. This bill permits 4-H certified shooting sports instructors to supervise and instruct persons under sixteen years of age at shooting ranges. It’s a big deal, this means we can start teaching people at a much younger age about firearm use and safety. Teach them to respect them as tools instead of fearing them as weapons. This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Carrie Woener, a member of the New York Legislative Sportsman Caucus.
The second bill passed into law was Assembly Bill 8666. This new law probably means a lot more to hunters in Tompkins County but a win for hunters anywhere in New York is a win for us all. This bill was introduced by Assembly Member Barbara Lifton, also a member of the New York Legislative Sportsman Caucus. In senate the bill was carried by Senator Pamela Helming, also a caucus member.
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