New York gun owners will likely ignore a looming deadline to register their firearms under the state’s latest gun control law, following the lead of thousands of Connecticut residents who recently did the same under a similar law.
Both states passed draconian gun control laws last year and New York’s version, the SAFE Act, bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and one “military-style” feature, like standard AR-15s for example, and demands that gun owners who already possess such rifles to register them by April 15.
“People are pretty much convinced once they [the state] get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, said to the Associated Press.
The New York Police Department has already proved that to be the case.
Last November, the NYPD began sending out notices to registered gun owners demanding that they give up their firearms now banned within the city limits.
The police knew which gun owners to send the notices to by using a centralized firearms registry which lists the city’s gun owners and what firearms they have in their possession.
And the state’s gun owners are well-aware that gun confiscations can expand beyond the boroughs of New York City.
“I refuse to comply,” one gun owner from West Seneca stated.
Another gun owner from Greenville said that he wasn’t aware of anyone who planned to register their guns. “I hope nobody does,” he added.
It appears that they will replicate the recent mass revolt by gun owners in neighboring Connecticut.
Connecticut’s unconstitutional law required residents to register ammunition magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds with state police by Jan. 1, 2014, but weeks after the deadline, authorities admitted that only around 38,000 out of 2.4 million high-capacity magazines and just over 50,000 out of hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic rifles were registered with the state.
“So, where did these millions of magazines go?” journalist Warner Todd Huston wrote. “All that can be said is that it appears that gun owners in Connecticut are not quite the sheep that jackbooted government officials may have imagined they were.”
“After all, if there really were millions of high capacity magazines in the state – and it is very likely that there are – and they have now gone unregistered, that means that thousands of gun owners have refused to bow to this unconstitutional, anti-Second Amendment law.”
And New York’s gun owners will undoubtedly do the same.