Under New York state law, it is legal to hold gun raffles and to award firearms in a game of chance. Simon's bill would end the practice.
"Firearms should not be raffled off in this manner," Simon wrote in the sponsor's memo. "Firearm-related violence is a significant public health and safety problem and weapons should not be given away in games of chance."
Many organizations, especially in upstate, hold gun raffles to generate revenue. In Cayuga County, the Aurelius Volunteer Fire Department holds an annual gun raffle to raise money for equipment purchases and other expenses.
LEAP Forward is grading the bill - A 1413 - and scoring support.