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New York bill would end riflery, trap shooting, archery in public schools

A bill sent to the New York State’s Education Committee would end riflery, trap shooting and archery as a sport in the state’s public schools.

According to the New York State Sportswriters Association blog, Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the 67th Assembly district in western Manhattan, introduced the bill.

The bill states that “no public school shall offer marksmanship and/or shooting programs” and the “act shall take effect immediately.”

If the bill makes it out of the committee, it would have to pass through the Assembly, Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association conducts a regional rifle championship in the winter season each year.

According to the New York State Sportswriters Association, 59 trap shooting teams in the state are about to begin their season in the New York State High School Clay Target League, which does not operate under the NYSPHSAA.

This article was originally published at the Star Gazette.