In a stunning repudiation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, his anti-gun Democrat allies, and the hastily-passed and clearly unconstitutional NY SAFE Act, New Yorkers refused to register an estimated one million firearms that the 2013 law arbitrarily determined were “assault weapons.”
Since New York’s SAFE Act gun control law went into effect in January 2013, a total of 23,847 people have applied to register their newly defined assault-style weapons with the State Police.
Those individuals have registered a total of 44,485 weapons.
The statistics, hidden from the public for more than a year by state officials, were given to Rochester-area lawyer Paloma Capanna on Monday in response to a lawsuit she filed on behalf of radio host Bill Robinson.
Folks, this is stunning, buy any measure.
As Frank Miniter noted last year just days before the registration deadline, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) conservatively estimated the number of firearms that qualify as “assault weapons” under New York’s law were “at least” one million firearms.
We now know that less than 4.5% of the “assault weapons” in New York were registered with the state as required by the draconian 2013 law, despite threats and warnings from hysterical New York Democrats and their allies in the media.
This is an even greater refusal rate than was experienced in next door Connecticut, where anti-gun laws rammed through a similar law in the wake of Sandy Hook saw at least 85% of the Constitution State’s gun owners defiantly refuse to register their firearms, some going so far as to dare Governor Dannel Malloy and the Connecticut State Police to attempt confiscation.
Connecticut wisely backed down, stepping away enforcement and from almost certain insurrection.
Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have fought tooth-and-nail in an attempt to cover up just how pitiful gun registration was under NY SAFE, and now that we see the stunning refusal rate, it’s easy to understand why.
Andrew Cuomo is Governor of Albany and New York City, but the majority of the rest of the state has clearly repudiated his radical anti-gun positions.
Upstate law enforcement agencies still openly, defiantly refuse to enforce provisions of the NY SAFE Act, and prosecutions under the law are best described as a “trickle,” and typically only occur as part of a “kitchen sink” charging process against criminals arrested for other crimes.
If the intent of “assault weapon” registration under NY SAFE was to identify firearms and firearms owners for future firearms confiscation efforts as history suggests, then the registration requirement has to be viewed as an utter failure.
New Yorkers don’t need a judge to tell them when there is a blatantly unconstitutional law; they can see it plainly with their own eyes.
NY SAFE is a paper law, written by political opportunists, rejected by the citizenry, and effectively nullified by law enforcement agencies that refuse to acknowledge it.
How much of a repudiation is this of Governor Cuomo, who once imagined himself as a potential frontrunner for the Democrats in 2016?
“Puny god,” indeed.