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Substitute Senate Bill No. 825

Public Act No. 09-113

AN ACT CONCERNING PAINTBALL SAFETY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) No paintball facility shall allow any person under eighteen years of age to use a paintball gun at such facility without (1) instruction in procedures for the safe use of paintball equipment, or (2) presentation of a certificate attesting to such person's completion of such instruction. Such instruction may include, but need not be limited to: (A) A short video presentation of proper safety equipment and procedures, (B) verbal instruction by the staff of the paintball facility, or (C) a short written or oral examination concerning safety measures for the participant followed by an explanation of any incorrect responses. After successful completion of such instruction, the paintball facility shall issue a certificate attesting to such completion to the participant.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) (a) No person under eighteen years of age shall use a paintball gun on any public or private property unless such person is wearing an eye protective device which meets the American Society of Testing and Materials specification F1776-01. Failure to comply with this section shall not be a violation or an offense. Failure to wear an eye protective device required by this subsection shall not be considered to be contributory negligence on the part of the parent or such person nor shall such failure be admissible in any civil action.

(b) A law enforcement officer may issue a verbal warning to the parent or guardian of a person who has failed to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

Approved June 9, 2009