New York Senator disapproves proposal to ban school shooting programs

April 29, 2018 06:51 PM

New York state Senator Rich Funke says a new proposal to ban shooting programs in schools misses the target.

The state assembly is now considering a bill that would prohibit New York Public Schools from offering programs in target shooting with rifles, even bows and arrows.

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The plan would also eliminate language in current law about schools teaching the safe use of firearms.

The bill was proposed by a New York City Assemblywoman after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.  

Funke disagrees saying western New York schools have a long history of successfully teaching kids safe target shooting and hunting practices.  

"This law is purely about politics," said New York Senator Rich Funke. "I think it's important for young people to learn how to handle firearms, under strict instructions. I think it's important for them to learn how to be archers and use bows and things of that nature. I also think it's useful for schools to have swimming pools so people learn how to swim." 

Funke says the current debate over guns focuses so much on gun violence that it ignores the wider world of sports shooting, marksmanship and hunting by law abiding citizens.

The bill is currently in a committee of the state assembly.

Funke says if it makes it to the state senate, he'll vote against it. 


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