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|Provides for a gun violence prevention program in the public schools; provides that the program is to be developed by the department of education in conjunction with other state agencies and educational organizations and is to be made available to schools for use in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade; provides for a report to the governor and the legislature on the program; enacts the "gun violence prevention act".|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 848 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 9, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sen. BENJAMIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to creating a gun violence prevention program The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "gun 2 violence prevention act". 3 § 2. Legislative intent. Gunshot injuries are a major cause of death 4 for children and adolescents in the United States, accounting for twelve 5 percent of all premature deaths. Further, for every young person who 6 dies as the result of a gunshot injury, five others are seriously 7 injured by a gunshot. Concentrated efforts in the areas of drug and 8 alcohol abuse prevention have demonstrated that preventive education can 9 reduce risks for youth. But although there are many drug prevention 10 programs, there are few gun violence prevention programs in existence. 11 The intent of the legislature in enacting the "gun violence prevention 12 act" is to implement a gun violence prevention program for school-aged 13 youth and their families to help young people to develop victim 14 prevention skills and to rehearse behaviors needed to manage problems, 15 such as conflict and peer pressure, non-violently, without guns. The 16 program would not oppose gun ownership or the well-supervised use of 17 guns for hunting or sport. 18 § 3. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a to 19 read as follows: 20 § 3204-a. Gun violence prevention program. 1. The department, in 21 consultation with school districts, the department of health, the divi- 22 sion of criminal justice services, the department of environmental 23 conservation and any other educational organizations, is authorized and 24 directed to develop and make available to school districts a gun 25 violence prevention program. The program shall include: practical EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01800-01-9S. 848 2 1 skills which students can use outside the classroom; opportunities for 2 self-reflection and role-play of students' coping mechanisms and 3 emotions; student-set goals for change; the development of competency 4 and leadership skills to address issues with peers and the community; 5 and parental and community involvement and support in the program. 6 2. Every school may instruct students in pre-kindergarten through 7 twelfth grade with respect to gun violence prevention using materials 8 provided by the department for such purpose. Each school electing to 9 provide such instruction may request information and resources therefor 10 from the department pursuant to this article. 11 3. The department shall provide a report to the governor and the 12 legislature on or before July first, two thousand twenty-two, assessing 13 the results of the gun violence prevention program established pursuant 14 to the provisions of this section. The report shall include findings as 15 to the program's impact on reducing gunshot injuries among children and 16 adolescents and shall offer recommendations as to whether the gun 17 violence prevention program should be expanded, modified or eliminated, 18 and whether or not other gun violence prevention programs should be 19 authorized. 20 § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after 21 it shall have become a law.