Dozens of New Yorkers showed up to a protest in Saratoga Springs, NY to protest the registration component of New York’s SAFE Act.
The protestors burned gun registration forms in protest of the law. Residents of New York who own firearms designated as “assault weapons” are being forced to register them with the state ahead of an April 15th deadline.
According to the Post Star,
Nearly a thousand gun registration forms were turned into ashes Sunday.
The forms are used for people to register with New York State Police firearms that meet the state’s definition of military-style assault weapons. The deadline is April 15. Gun rights advocates gathered at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 to burn the papers in a symbolic protest.E.J. Stokes, leader of the Warren County chapter of New York Revolution, said he was participating because he believes in the U.S. Constitution.
“Once the Second (Amendment) falls, the rest will go with it. It’s an unconstitutional law, done in the middle of the night with no input from the public,” he said.
The event was organized by the NY2A Grassroots Coalition. NY2A co-founder Jake Palmateer said the goal is for people not to register their assault weapon as an act of civil disobedience.
“We are opposed to registration because the evidence is clear that registration leads to confiscation,” he said.
It’s sounding more and more like New York might end up facing the same civil disobedience on gun registration that Connecticut is seeing. Authorities in that state are trying to figure out what to do about the estimated tens of thousands of people who refused to register their firearms ahead of a January 1st deadline.