Should children be allowed to attend gun shows? No, according to some New York legislators. A bill was recently introduced to the New York State Assembly that would bar anyone under 12 years of age from going to a gun show. State Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal (D-WF Manhattan), who introduced bill A967, stated that the purpose of the measure was to protect minors from “exposure to deadly weaponry.”

The bill has no provision for minors who are accompanied by an adult.

“As the gun industry prepares a public campaign to broaden the appeal of guns, it is important that we establish reasonable age limits for admission to gun shows by children,” Rosenthal wrote in a memo accompanying the bill. “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. For example, a minor is restricted from watching films or playing certain video games that portray deadly weaponry and gunplay. Currently, however, minors of any age may gain unfettered access to a gun show.”

Rosenthal has been a vocal supporter of gun control in New York and is a member of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns. In 2013, she voted for the highly controversial New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, which among other things set stricter definitions on so-called “assault weapons” and reduced the maximum allowed magazine capacity from 10 rounds to seven.

“New York’s law should be a national model,” Rosenthal said at the time. “No matter where you live, in a red state or a blue state, in the city or the countryside, one thing is true: you do not need an assault weapon to hunt, and if you do, perhaps you should take up another hobby.”

A nearly identical bill introduced by Rosenthal in 2013 failed to get off the ground.

Image from the Office of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal.

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16 thoughts on “New York Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Kids under 12 from Gun Shows

  1. This is why gun manufacturing and gun businesses are leaving New York. People like this who make stupid laws should not be in politics. Parents are the ones who teach their kids about any type of safety whether it be guns, knives, driving, etc. Down state politics always affect upstate politics. Do use a favor, cut yourselves away from upstate and keep you stupid laws to yyourselves.

  2. Rosenthal’s a moron who wouldn’t recognize the difference between a wheel and a stripper clip, a Casull and a Red Ryder. I have a better idea for her. Simplify the law and just ban liberals from outdoor shows, perhaps just her.

  3. I would be in favor of banning women with baby strollers from gun shows. They are really getting to be a nuisance!

    1. I love to see women at gun shows and shooting ranges, maybe you should be the one banned; The more women that get involved in the shooting sports the better off we all are!

    2. Really, I can’t think of a safer place for a baby or a family for that matter, than at a Gun Show. I’ve been mugged on a college campus. I’ve never had anyone look at me crossways or say an unkind word at a gun show.

    1. You nailed it in 7 words! Nice job. It can be applied to so many in NY. In CA. In WA. In WDC. In NJ. In CO. And the list of the insane goes on.

  4. So the state is now wanting to tell us where we can take our children what is next? A law that says we can’t take them to McDonalds because of the unhealthy food.

      1. Wasn’t that Nanny Bloomberg who did the drink thing? Look up “elitist” in the dictionary, and we’ll see his picture.

  5. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I have taken my kids to gun shows since they were about 3 years old. Believe it or not exposure to firearms at an early age has made them understand the responsibilities of being around guns and taught them the difference between toys and the real thing. It has also led to quality time being spent with me and my kids. In my experience kids who are never around guns are the ones that are way more curious about them and more likely to pick one up and play with it if they find one in their home. What’s next ban kids for Walmart because there’s guns there? This is ridiculous.

  6. How about a Bill to beat anti gunners within a 1/4 of an inch of their lives,and then throw them out of the United States? 😉 Ah but I digress because that or worse is on its way by all appearances.

  7. The “soccer moms” of New York need to think this thing through. This is your chance for some peace and quiet. Dad’s wanting to take the little ones to a gun show. You aren’t stopping him, he’s going anyway, so do you really want him to leave the kids with you (again!) for 4 hours on Saturday morning.

  8. Linda Rosenthal has gone completely loony (AKA elitist Lib). Someone needs to find her and put her back into the institution from which she obviously escaped. With all the problems in the world. With all the money being wasted on taking our rights away and other ill-conceived plots, this is how she spends her time and our money?! Someone, put her back on her unicorn and lead her back to the home. Loony-bin time for LInda for sure.

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