i just personally dont belive that in order for someone to play paintball with their own equipment they need an adult's permission to buy it especially if they earned the money for it because already like 90% of the non paintballing community looks at paintball as a waste of money thus if needing parental condsideration theres a chance that the money the kid saved up for an EGO will go into somethin lame or even gets taken by the parents for their own whims...
the whole FID card thing is rediculous...yes there are saftey issues with paintballing and yes they should learn saftely aspects but comparing a paintballer to a hunter is saying that the paintball marker is a firearm...totally unrelated (given that a paintball marker should be treated as such...we really shouldnt be letting the government tell us how to do it)
i belive that yes there should def be a consequence for shooting into public area should also be punishable by fine and to also take away the gun is reasonable but not to the point where you have surrendured it over to the police and can never get it back
and your football metaphor doesnt make sense to me...youre talkin about buying gear...and playing football
you can play football without gear...and you can buy gear without playing paintball
i just think that if you start agreeing with a politican on their outlooks on paintball...you are forgetting what it means to live the hardships of being a paintballer
paintball has far too many things goin wrong for it right now for us to give any politican an inch
My point is a person under the age of 18 can't really Hide the fact that he or she plays paintball from their parents, remember that is what the terminology of the bill says, if you are under 18 you need a parent to be there. the same go's for playing at a field, Most fields require an adult to sign a waiver, just like in school sports or field trips. Just as i had to when i was younger, i had to teach my parents what paintball was and educate them to allow me to play. im sorry but i dont see the point in a 14yo with an ego, does a novice really NEED a marker like that?(but that is my opinion). if a minor has his parents take money away from him or her for their own whim then they have more important things to dealwith than paintball.
at least in the state of massachusetts you need a Hunter education class, and FID card to hunt and purchase firearms. this serves 2 purposes. One is very obvious to generate revenue, as much as i dont like paying for it, i have to as a resident. number 2 is it teaches you the rules of this state, that way if I am out hunting illegally or shooting illegally i cannot say, well i didn't know the laws.
If you are willing to spend 1200+ dollars on a paintball gun, and want to shoot up someones house with it, then its your loss. this is completely detrimental to the sport of paintball and should not be tolerated. but I hope the people who invest that kind of money in the sport have more honor and smarts than to do this and sabotage our sport. remember this part of the law is to reprimand the people who are not using the paintball gun for its intended purpose.
the whole football reference was to point out that as with most school sports/activities a CHILD under the age of 18 participates in usually requires a parental consent form. another good example of this is field trips. yea pickup games are one thing, but just like at a paintball field if you are under 18 a parent has to sign a waiver to let you play on the field.
wouldn't you like to know if your kid is playing paintball. all we need is some parent suing a field owner/store owner/manufacturer for their kid getting injured or killed because they didnt know what their kid was doing. Yes i think the parents should be responsible and make sure their kid is using the proper safety equipment and I DON'T believe the government should have to tell them, but in this day and age where all it takes is one lawsuit its a slippery slope in both directions.
I also agree with being VERY afraid to give an inch for fear they will try to take many miles.
i myself am undecided at the moment on what i believe is the right course of action