ALBANY, N.Y. (RELEASE) - Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announcethat the State Senate has given final passage to legislation(S.6793-B) he co-sponsored to allow for hunting with crossbows inNew York State.
“Normally I’m forced to spend a lot of time inAlbany fighting against new laws that infringe on sportsmen’srights,” Senator Maziarz said. “Today, I’m verypleased that we’re doing something positive for the huntingcommunity. By incorporating the use of crossbows, we are opening upmore hunting opportunities for a variety of New Yorkers, includingseniors and the disabled. This is a step in the right directionthat is long overdue.”
Senator Maziarz has been working to get a crossbow bill passedinto law for a number of years. He first introduced legislation in2003 to direct the New York State Department of EnvironmentalConservation to promulgate rules and regulations for hunting with acrossbow. His predecessor, Senator John Daly, had advocated forsimilar legislation in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
“Opening the door to crossbows is good for the sportsmencommunity as a whole,” Senator Maziarz added. “Gettingmore people involved can only be a good thing for preserving andexpanding sportsmen’s rights in Albany.”
The legislation approved today specifies that crossbows shall beauthorized for any big game season when the shotgun or muzzleloader is permitted. Crossbows for hunting deer and bear must havea fourteen inch bolt, a seventeen inch width, a twenty-four inchlength, a draw weight of between one hundred and two hundredpounds, and a trigger safety. Training on the safe use of crossbowswill also become part of the curriculum of basic hunter educationcourses.
Incorporating crossbow hunting in New York State has beensupported in the past by groups such as Disabled Sportsmen ofAmerica, Safari Club, New York State Conservation Council, theNiagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, and theShooters’ Committee on Political Education (SCOPE).
The bill also eases the requirements for physically disabledpersons to obtain permission to use a longbow modified with amechanical device to help draw, hold, and release the long bow.
Senator Maziarz has encouraged Governor David Paterson to signthe bill into law.
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