NY Gun Owners Commit Massive Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Comply With Gun Registration

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Following a May 15th state Supreme Court victory by a New York gun right’s group, Americans will soon find out just how many New York gun owners have refused to comply with the draconian New York SAFE Act.

This most recent gun rights victory came in response to a lawsuit filed by Monroe county gun-rights activist, Bill Robinson. Ruling in favor of the Plaintiff, the Supreme Court will force the state of New York to reveal statistics regarding the number of gun registrations that have taken place since the April 15th deadline imposed by the SAFE Act.

A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that the state needs to make public statistical information on the number of assault weapons registered in New York.

The April 30 ruling in Albany was disclosed Thursday by the Shooters Committee on Public Education, a gun-rights group that sued last year after the state refused to release the details. State Police claimed the information was not public under a gun-control law passed in January 2013.

Paloma Capanna, a Rochester-area lawyer who represented the group, called the decision a major victory for transparency in government.

She said she would file an order demanding the release of the data if the state doesn’t immediately comply; the state may also appeal.

Why are those statistics important to the gun rights debate? Conservative estimates report that almost one-third of New York’s one million gun owners have refused to register their guns.

As USA Today reports:

The April 15 deadline to register firearms deemed “assault weapons” under Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has been met by hordes of New York Gun owners not rushing to register firearms, and the ceremonial burning of registration forms.

Unofficial estimates suggest that as few as 3,000-5,000 of the estimated 1-2 million firearms that have been redefined as “assault weapons” under New York’s utterly arbitrary and blatantly unconstitutional law have been registered. Literally dozens of gun owners in the state of 19.57 million (2012) residents will take the opportunity to register today.

A similar situation is brewing in near-by Connecticut, where a similar “assault weapon” registration  law turned up only 50,000 registrations for the state’s estimated 350,000 offending firearms.  The law was passed in late 2013 and thus far, the police have made no move to enforce its strict penalties for failure to register.


6 Comments on "NY Gun Owners Commit Massive Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Comply With Gun Registration"

  1. As I was on the radio today correcting the host who is also a gun owner about assault weapons. Just because it looks like an assault rifle it’s just a rifle that happens to be a semi automatic rifle. Assault rifles have the ability to continues fire.
    Using the gun grabbers logic a BB gun is the same as a shotgun. Or a semi automatic pistols is the same as an Uzi.

  2. Avatar Richard B | May 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm |

    Yes, see you’re assuming that the legislators and politicians whom have never owned or operated a weapon know or care about the difference in appearance vs. functionality…. next thing you know they’ll be taking away our assault rake’s because we might be able to rake the leaves to aggressively…

  3. Screw ’em. Don’t register shit. Tell them to get fucked

  4. Avatar Jennifer Dowd | May 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm |

    That is a photo of the lines in Connecticut. At the Department of Public Safety , Middletown

  5. Avatar dcarmichiel | May 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm |

    while many have posted claiming that the next civil war will be about immigration i personally think it may start in new york or connecticut over the stupidity of the firearms laws the liberals keep passing

  6. Avatar Joe Brown | May 22, 2015 at 12:04 am |

    This is the same thing happening here in the Philippines only the rich and powerful can own weapons. The average people will have to use slingshots and stones inorder to defend themselves, the local police made the registration process look like crap and does really think backwards.

    I hope the American people would also survive this kind of tyranny from their own government, if you loose your rights then definitely ours and other nations will follow soon in disarming the citizens.

    God Bless us all.

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