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Gun Owners To Cuomo: Take Your Unconstitutional SAFE Act and Shove It

I have been long fighting the good fight about the tyrant of the Empire State, Andrew Cuomo and his constitution shredding SAFE Act.  It is good to see that I am not alone.

Our friend, Rusty Weiss at Mental Recession passed along this article detailing how the gun owners of New York feel about their would be potentate.

Between abject apathy and fiery condemnation to Cuomo and his unconstitutional edicts, the people by and large have basically just IGNORED both the governor and the law.

To quote  Tom King, president of the Albany-based New York State Rifle and Pistol Association:

“It would appear the people have just bypassed the legislature and simply repealed it on their own.”

Here’s the article in its entirety:

After a much-publicized court battle between State Police and gun groups, numbers for the registration of so-called “assault-style” weapons under Governor Cuomo’s unconstitutional SAFE Act have been released.

The numbers indicate that a vast majority of gun owners have not complied with the law which was hastily enacted in 2013 after the Newtown massacre.

Second Amendment advocates had contended that state police were not releasing registration numbers to avoid embarrassment for the administration by hiding the low rate of compliance from angry gun owners.

While the motivation behind keeping the numbers from public view are up for debate, the results are not – hundreds of thousands of gun owners have collectively told Governor Cuomo to take his gun-grabbing law and shove it.

Via the Daily News:

Fewer than 45,000 assault-style weapons have been registered in New York state since a landmark gun control act took effect in 2013, state records released Tuesday show, suggesting that Empire State gun owners are largely ignoring one of the signature elements of the watershed legislation.

In the years since Gov. Cuomo signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, otherwise known as the NY SAFE Act, a total of 23,847 people have applied to register their assault-style weapons with the state, according to statistics provided by the New York State Police.

Those individuals themselves registered 44,485 assault-style weapons — a term whose definition under the law was expanded to include military-style features like a pistol grip and popular civilian models of the M16 and AK47 assault rifles — with State Police, the data, which was first obtained by the Albany Times Union, show.

By comparison, individuals in Connecticut, a state with roughly one-fifth the population of New York, registered more than 50,000 assault-style weapons after similar legislation was passed there in April 2013.

Officials have estimated than over a million such guns are in circulation in New York.

Under the SAFE Act, non-compliance with the registration of one’s guns could result in either a misdemeanor or felony charge, with a possibility of 1-4 years in prison.

Cuomo’s SAFE Act has turned hundreds of thousands of gun owners into criminals.

Upon releasing the numbers, the Times Union provided cover for the SAFE Act, saying the data “suggest(ed) widespread noncompliance.”

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin tweeted that “The numbers don’t ‘suggest’ noncompliance. The numbers are a flat out declaration of non compliance.”

While there have been attempts to repeal or revise certain elements of the SAFE Act from lawmakers, Tom King, president of the Albany-based New York State Rifle and Pistol Association says that gun owners have spoken, and spoken loudly at that.

“It would appear the people have just bypassed the legislature and simply repealed it on their own,” he said.

I have heard of jury nullification before but the fact that we are seeing legislative nullification on this scale is basically why the 2nd Amendment exists in the first place.  To ensure those nefarious bastards like Cuomo and Bloomberg cannot go too far in treading on our rights.

Keep up the good work New York.  Don’t let the terrorists win…even when they are the elected officials you have to suffer.

  • White Bear

    The best way to judge a “bad law” is by how many people refuse to obey it, and by how many in law enforcement refuse to enforce it. That’s exactly what’s happening in both New York and Connecticut, as well as in many other states.

    • Combat Veteran Seabee

      Well stated!

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