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2014 Senate Bill 963: Ban BB gun possession by unaccompanied minor
  1. 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).
    • 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.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 24, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 24, 2014.

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