In the shooting, while the fair had promised shooters would have certified instructors in an advertisement, Christopher Bizilj was supervised by an uncertified 15-year-old boy.
As the boy fired the Uzi, "the front end of the weapon went up with the backfire and he ended up receiving a round in his head" said the police report.
Charles Bizilj had selected the compact weapon for his 4-foot, 66-pound son to fire mistakenly believing the Uzi's small size made it safer for his small son. In reality, the opposite was true, said District Attorney William Bennett.
"Although it might appear a heavier or longer weapon would be more dangerous, the small size of the weapon together with the rapid rate of fire made it more likely that an 8-year-old would lose control and the muzzle of the weapon would come close to his face, which is what happened here."Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn said:
"For a young person, a minor, to handle an automatic weapon ... it's like saying that it's OK to pick up a rattlesnake and that it is somehow going to be safe," said . "It's not going to be safe and it should not be legal and I would think that a lot of folks would be shocked that there was not a law."What's amazing is not that the legislation passed, but that it passed only 31-2. Gun rights is one thing, but let's use some common sense. If common sense had been used here, this never would have happened.
And that's the unfortunate reason that legislation like this must be passed: there is too little common sense among Americans.