Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on June 2, 2014 To prohibit minors from possessing an air, gas or spring powered BB or pellet gun unless accompanied by an adult. The bill also revises the definition of “firearm” to exclude an air, gas or spring powered gun that fires a projectile larger than .177 caliber (many air rifles and pistols fire .22 caliber pellets). Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 2, 2014
Reported in the Senate on July 16, 2014 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on September 17, 2014 To adopt a version of rhe bill that does not include the unaccompanied minor provisions ("Ralphie's law") but makes the bill part of a broader package removing air guns from regulations that apply to firearms.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 17, 2014
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate (see names) on September 24, 2014 To revise the definition of "firearm" in the law that governs pistol sales to refer to a weapon that propels a dangerous projectile by means of an explosive, but not by means of spring, gas, or air.
Received in the House on September 24, 2014
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 24, 2014