Skip to comments.Register … or Rebel: How Many New Yorkers Will Defy The New Gun Law?
Posted on 01/28/2013 9:55:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Already, there are signs that Governor Cuomo and his allies underestimated the pushback.
As draconian, ill-advised, and possibly unconstitutional as the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) anti-gun law was when it was hastily signed into law, it might have been far worse — this according to a New York legislator who fought against the bill.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has released documentation showing rejected Democratic proposals for the NY SAFE Act. They included these:
There were more.
Assemblyman McLaughlin explained the intent of his Democrat colleagues in Albany on his campaign site:
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R, C, I-Melrose) today revealed a 15-point anti-Second Amendment wish list that Democrats lobbied to be included in the final New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) Act. McLaughlin called the list the “second phase” of a gun-grab agenda targeting responsible firearm owners that downstate politicians have been supporting for years.
First the new gun-control bill made criminals out of law-abiding New Yorkers. And the radical, anti-Second Amendment proposals outlined in this wish list suggest the second phase of the plan: confiscation, said McLaughlin. When downstate politicians criminalize responsible gun ownership, they only empower criminals.
The rejected proposals seem to mirror — at least in part — the desires of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had publicly entertained gun confiscation and forced buybacks.
The provisions of the NY SAFE Act that did become law still demand far more of New Yorkers than many gun owners are willing to comply with. For example, one of the requirements of the law is that all newly classified “assault weapons” must be registered with the New York State Police by April 15, 2014. Many New York guns owners are intent on refusing to register their firearms:
Assault-rifle [sic] owners statewide are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.
Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that theyre prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,” said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.
Officials estimate at least 1 million semiautomatic rifles are owned in the state, sources said.
And come April 15, 2014 — when Cuomo is expected to be running for re-election — they all have to be registered with the State Police.
But because the rifles have been legal but unregistered until now, authorities don’t know who has them or where they are located.
State officials will be nervously watching the registration figures to see how many gun owners comply, sources said.
New York has estimated that there are one million firearms that fit their new definition of an “assault weapon,” and they are concerned that a large number of citizens will rip the teeth out of the law by simply refusing to register their arms. Perhaps hundreds of thousands of New York’s most law-abiding citizens are likely to make the choice to rebel against an unconstitutional law that violates their Second Amendment rights.
Perhaps of even more concern to Governor Cuomo and his anti-gun allies: this high level of resistance arose before Assemblyman McLaughlin released the list of confiscatory amendments Democrats had wanted to include in the NY SAFE Act.
NY Democrats have tipped their hand on their gun-control agenda, revealing to citizens that confiscatory disarmament of the civilian population is their goal, and that the “slippery slope” is no fable. They grossly miscalculated the public’s acceptance of their assault on the Second Amendment. What that means for the future in New York remains to be seen.
Time will tell the tale.
The NY bill simply could not have passed without votes and help from Republicans who actually controlled the NY Senate at the time.
This is a tough question for the Christian gun owner. Romans 13 and 1 Pet. 2 tell the believer to obey government.
How about in this case?
there are no real republicans in the NYS senate..
You maybe correct if it comes to this. They will be moving to Pennsylvania.
You can bet your a$$ that buried somewhere in the actual legal language of the bill, or planned for implementation of the law in state agency rules will be a directive to certain business to turn over copies of certain Federal Forms they now hold. Those forms being the Forms 4473 the gun purchasers used when LEGALLY purchasing the guns in the first place. It is the only way they can find out who has what and enforce the confiscation.
As a Christian I am not called upon to obey laws that run counter to freedoms that were endowed to me by my Creator.
If I were a LEO or in the military and my government told me to fire on protesters, I would not comply.
“How Many New Yorkers Will Defy The New Gun Law?”
It isn’t safe for us to say, those who live here.
They’d single us out, separate us out, isolate us and make lone examples of us while releasing fictionalized press releases over it.
Yes, Cuomo and his henchmen are that paranoid.
It's a real dilemma for inerrancy advocates, literalists and Sola Scriptura followers, isn't it.
“This is a tough question for the Christian gun owner. Romans 13 and 1 Pet. 2 tell the believer to obey government.”
Worship this golden calf statue, or this golden effigy of Nebuchadnezzar as it goes by and you hear the flutes pipes and drums.
Embrace sin and evil because government told you to, after all you must obey the government, right?
Sorry, you’ll be hard pressed to find peole to bow to Molech with you out of obeyance.
UM, no,they dont tell you that. When this country was founded certain legal documents defining the govts role etc were agreed upon by the govt and people. Fast forward to now that agreement is (and has been) broken by the govt. We’re in no way compelled to obey a govt thats overstepped its authority.
Good thinking but that’s already prohibited by Federal law-———————not that Cuomo and friends actually know what the rules really are. I mean, they already have trouble understanding that “-—shall not be infringed.” part.
At the very least, people who object to this law can do everything they can to peacefully decline to enable the State to function. They can protest every property tax levy. If they can reduce or eliminate their sales tax levy, they should shop as much as possible online or where sales taxes will not go to New York state. The can defer every possible expenditure. In short, to stop sending money to Albany.
Im pretty sure the state cant, w/o a warrant, compel an FFL to produce any 4473s. If I were an FFL Id have already contacted by lawyer about this. In fact I think Id store my 4473 in a location not easily found that was secure.
I hope New Yorkers tell Albany go to hell, or minimally ignore the law completely.
Sent this to the Atlanta Journal on 1/27/2013
In her recent column (”Cuomo shows how to get gun control laws passed”), Her Enlightened Royal Eliteness Maureen Dowd displays her customary abysmal distain for and understanding of the citizens. These are citizens who despite the best efforts of Dowd and her progressive pals like Cuomo STILL revere and grasp the significance of the Constitution. They understand that the Founders DID NOT leave us a Second Amendment to hunt. Judge Napolitano points out that the Second Amendment provides a means to shoot at an increasingly out-of-control tyrannical government such as that headed by the likes of Obama and Cuomo.
If these insulated Park Avenue elitists dont stop pushing their agenda, there is a strong likelihood of a live fire reenactment of the April 19th, 1775 events in Lexington and Concord in our future.
If reports of resistance to firearm registration from NY are correct, Cuomo may have started it.