Rifle & Shotgun
Carey Probst (HCProbst@AOL.COM)
Sat, 18 Feb 1995 07:03:45 -0500
Re: Randy Finders comments
Yes, NY is a politically liberal state that believes in big government
and was lead by strongly anti-gun politicians, ie. guns are politically
incorrect and therefore must be regulated out of existance. The
restrictions requiring certification were supposedly for safety, but I
believe also to restrict access to instruction for youths so they can
be brainwashed against gusn by the politicians.
Re: military officers.
You are correct, but the Air Force and Navy people here I know could
teach how to use 30 mm gatling guns, but not rifles or shotguns. The
rule may make sense for Army or Marines, but doesn't seem to make
sense any more for many others since there is no knowledge requirement.
The 12 year old requirement is a NY State requirement since the state
prohibits youth under 12 from using a firearm. Technically, for a youth
under 16 to be trained, he is to be under the supervision of a certified
instructor on a range belonging to a club in which he is a member.
Scout camp ranges qualify.
The NRA developed the requirements which are a modification of the
standard NRA Rifle and Shotgun training courses. They are designed
to help the scout succeed without being overly difficult.
As far as I know, there are no other lage restrictions on merit badges. As
I said the age restriction is due to NYS law, not BSA policy. In more
civilized states, even Cub Scouts are allowed to shoot. They had a
BB rifle range in NJ were my older son did Cub Day Camp.
Carey Probst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adv. Chr., Troop 16, Saratoga Dist., Twin Rivers Council
SM(retired) Troop 16, Brotherhood OA Member
District Committee, Past Dist. Adv. Chairman
Beaver, NE-II-53, Elk Lick Reservation, 1988, beads 1989
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