New regulations may limit use of black powder weapons

A plan to regulate antique firearms in New York City may have repercussions for re-enactors and museums who use black powder weapons. If passed, owners of these weapons would be required to submit to the same licensing rules as for other firearms.

"There is great opposition to the bill in its current form because it doesn't recognize the circumstances of museums and re-enactment groups who own and use these firearms for educational purposes," said Anne Ackerson, director of the Museum Association of New York, which represents 260 museums and heritage organizations across New York.

The bill was proposed by Democratic Assemblyman Michael Gianaris of Queens after several incidents involving antique weapons.