Introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R) on February 5, 2015 To revise the definition of “firearm” in the state law authorizing regulations on selling, purchasing, possessing, and carrying a handgun, To revise the definition of “firearm” in the state penal code so it longer applies to BB, pellet, paint ball or "air-soft" guns. The new definition would be a gun that "expels a projectile by action of an explosive." However, using a non-firearm to commit a crime would still be subject to criminal penalties. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 5, 2015
Reported in the House on February 18, 2015 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom Barrett (R) on February 25, 2015 To move the effective date to July 1, 2015, and make that contingent on enactment of other bills in a package that amend the definition of firearm in various statutes to eliminate BB, pellet or "air-soft" guns from the definition of "firearm".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 25, 2015