Upstate lawmakers are voicing opposition to a bill currently in the Education Committee of the state assembly that would ban shooting and archery programs in the state’s public schools.
The bill was proposed by New York City Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal after the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As reported by NYUp.com, the bill would amend the state’s Education Law and calls for the immediate “prohibition of marksmanship and/or shooting programs in public schools.”
Rosenthal’s bill, which has no co-sponsor in the Senate, would ban marksmanship and/or shooting programs and any competitive or recreational shooting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in using various types of weapons, including handguns, rifles and shotguns and bows or crossbows.
Lawmakers say New York schools have a long history of successfully teaching kids safe target shooting and hunting practices. The New York State Public High School Association holds a regional rifle championship each winter and the Department of Environmental Conservation is in support of archery in public schools.