New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to “Assault Weapons” Registration Law

077candrew cuomo New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to Assault Weapons Registration Law

New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have

rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that

police will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed
miracle of
selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting
the state’s firearms owners to attend his party. The new law
requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as “assault
weapons” to register their property (amidst assurances that, oh no,
the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but
gun rights activists are actively urging gun owners to defy the new
mandate.According to Frederic Dicker at the
New York Post:
Assault-rifle 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 they’re 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.
Dicker quotes a Cuomo administration official admitting, “Many
of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize
that.” Which means that state officials were merely posturing
rather than entirely ignorant of history when they penned the law
and jammed it through. As I’ve
written before, gun laws traditionally breed massive levels of
non-compliance — even in places where you might think people have
no strong history of personal arms, or of resistance to the state,
When Germany imposed gun registration in 1972, the country’s
officials managed to get paperwork on all of 3.2 million firearms
out of an estimated 17-20 million guns in civilian hands.
Californians may have registered as many as ten percent of
the “assault weapons” they owned when that state imposed
registration in 1990 (though the New York Times put the
figure rather lower, at about 7,000 out of an estimated 300,000
guns covered by the law).The reason for such reticence isn’t hard to fathom. When gun
owners charge that politicians can’t be trusted to resist using
registration lists for future confiscation, they’re not being
paranoid — New York City and California have both done just
that.Political officials might want to consider those experiences, as
well as a
recent poll finding two-thirds of Americans willing to defy
tighter gun restrictions, before setting themselves up for public
demonstrations of their impotence in the face of mass defiance.

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New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to “Assault Weapons” Registration Law


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