A 9-year-old girl in New Jersey is already an expert marksman, but because of a new gun control bill in her state, she may be robbed of her chance to excel in what she loves to do most.
Shyanne Roberts got an early start with guns, having fired a gun for the first time when she was only 4 years old. On her sixth birthday she was given her very first rifle, and within a few short months she could hit the bullseye at the shooting range with regularity.
Now Shyanne is a competitive shooter who has sponsors from all over the country. In a recent competition in the New Jersey State Ruger Rimfire Challenge she was able to grab second place, beating out 2 retired police officers for the medal she is holding in the picture above.
But according to NJ.com, this young girl may never have the chance to continue in this sport because of a gun control bill that seeks to limit the magazine capacity of firearms arbitrarily.
Reducing the magazine capacity to 10 rounds would turn some of the firearms she has already been given from sponsors into illegal weapons and now her family is faced with either robbing a girl of her dreams or leaving the state.
“When she steps up to the line, it’s like a switch goes off,” her father, Dan Roberts, said. “She’s methodical.”
That focus, speed and spot-on aim, combined with her confident grin and cheerful poise has gained Shyanne national sponsors, a growing fan base, attention from reality show producers and the chance to, in her words, “kick everybody’s butt.”
Her father however, says her competitive shooting career could be stunted before it really starts, if recently proposed legislation reducing the state’s legal limit of rounds in a magazine is signed into law.
The bill — which would reduce the legal maximum capacity of magazines from 15 rounds to 10 — didn’t gain much traction when it was first introduced last year, partly due to Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3 West Deptford) declining to back it.
But with Sweeney coming out in support of the bill at an emotional press conference last Monday, where he was joined by parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims, it’s likely to pass both houses with ease.
If signed by the governor, Roberts said the law would force him to choose between giving up the tools that could advance Shyanne’s skills to the next competitive level or leaving the state entirely.
A New Hamspire-based sponsor is currently making a fully custom, $3,000 AR-15 semi-automatic rifle built specifically for Shyanne. Both the AR-15 and a Glock 19 9mm pistol, also on its way to Shyanne from another sponsor, come standard with 15-round magazines, said Roberts.
“If this proposal becomes law, both guns will essentially be worthless for competitions,” said Roberts, also a columnist for Ammoland.com. “Her season starts in just a few weeks and there is currently no ‘grandfathering’ language or exemptions for competitors in the proposed bill.”
That’s why Shyanne will spend Monday in Trenton with her father, testifying against the legislation at the Statehouse.
“It doesn’t make sense for them to [pass] it,” said Roberts.
Watch Shyanne destroy these targets during a shooting competition in October in this Youtube video:
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