New York gun owners are blatantly refusing to register semi-automatic firearms as the NY SAFE Act requires, and many law enforcement agencies are openly refusing to enforce it.
Um, “good for you,” Governor Cuomo:
“The rank and file troopers don’t want anything to do with it,” Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) said Monday. “I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.”
“If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany,” Nojay said.
Nojay said estimates of the military-style rifles in private ownership in New York range from hundreds of thousands, according to the State Police, to up to 1 million. He predicted compliance with registration would be in the 10 percent range, limited to holders of federal firearms licenses, firearms instructors, or other high profile gun owners. He said the SAFE Act provisions on registration will be ignored the same way the 55 mph Interstate speed limit and Prohibition was ignored by New Yorkers in years past.
“I know a few hundred of these (gun owners),” Nojay added. “I don’t know of any of them that are going to be registered, so go figure.”
In the year since Cuomo pushed the bill through the Legislature on the first day of the 2013 session, the SAFE Act has engendered public opposition and calls to ignore the registration mandate. While most of the opposition has been in rural counties, yard signs have popped up as well as homeland signs along roads and the Adirondack Northway with a message in capital letters: “DO NOT COMPLY.”
Andrew Coumo and his coalition of downstate socialist Democrats are actually likely to get less than 10-percent compliance, and their citizen-controlling policies have resulted in something of a standoff over the law. As Assemblyman Nojay notes, Cuomo and his tyrannical followers can pass obviously unconstitutional laws all day long and even have them partially-supported by judges of questionable intellect, but when both citizens and law enforcement officers refuse to comply with their diktats, then these laws are largely toothless.
Andrew Coumo and and his fellow anti-gun Democrats bet the farm on passing the NY SAFE Act, hoping that if they rushed it through before citizens could oppose it, that they would have the ability to strip away the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers. They didn’t count on the opposition of law enforcement, and the open rebellion of the people. If we end up having a another Revolutionary War break out over gun control, the next one might just start in the Empire State.