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article imageLawmakers want to ban children under 12 from gun shows

By Alex Allen     Jan 28, 2015 in Politics
One lawmaker in the state of New York has introduced a measure to prevent children under the age of 12 from attending gun shows.
Tactical lights, lasers, ammunition and firearms as far as the eyes can see; that's exactly what you'll find if you attend one of the thousands of gun shows that take place every year in the United States. For some, this sounds like a fun day out but for others, it sounds like an accident waiting to happen.
With the growing push for gun control in the United States, there's no doubt that gun shows have become a fairly controversial piece of American culture. Still, they take place all the time and hobbyists seem to love them. Some even enjoy bringing the kiddos along to pass on the tradition. But if one lawmaker in New York has her way, the young "gun owners to be" may not be able to tag along anymore.
New York State Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal is concerned that minors may be exposed to "deadly weaponry" too early in life. In an effort to stop this, she has proposed a bill that would prevent anyone under the age of twelve from entering a gun show. As it reads, the purpose of bill number A967 is to protect minors from "exposure to deadly weaponry at gun shows."
Rosenthal has compared her proposed new law to the restrictions that are already in place on things like video games and movies. "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," she says in the bill. She goes on to say that young people are prevented from watching movies and playing video games that depict "deadly weaponry and gunplay" but points out that a child of any age can get into a gun show.
Rosenthal wraps up the bill by saying, "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 has been a staunch supporter of gun restrictions in the past, voting in favor of the controversial New York SAFE Act back in 2013. If this new bill passes through the legislative process, it will take effect immediately.
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