Gun Owners Refuse to Register Under New York Law

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After Democrats in New York rammed a sweeping assault on the right to keep and bear arms through the legislature that failed to exempt police officers from the draconian restrictions, gun owners and even some lawmakers are planning what has been dubbed potentially the largest act of civil disobedience in state history. According to news reports, gun rights activists are urging everyone to defy far-left Governor Andrew Cuomo's new registration mandate while daring authorities to u201Ccome and take it.u201D Analysts say the legislation, passed in a frenzy last week in the wake of the Newtown shooting, represents the most brazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation. Among other points, the so-called SAFE Act seeks to limit magazines to just seven bullets, require virtually all of the estimated one million semi-automatic rifles in the state to be registered with authorities, mandate reporting of patients who express indications that they may have thoughts about hurting themselves or others by doctors, and more. Aside from being unconstitutional, experts on gun violence also point out that the draconian schemes are a bad idea: Studies have repeatedly shown that more guns lead to less crime, and the phenomenon is obvious across America – just compare Chicago or D.C. to Alaska or Wyoming. The mandated reporting requirements for doctors, meanwhile, have come under fire from across the political spectrum. Whether it will even be possible to enforce the bill, however, remains to be seen. Preparations are already being made for mass resistance. u201CI'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 President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post. Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. u201CMany of these assault-rifle owners aren't going to register; we realize that,'' a source in the Cuomo administration told the Post, adding that officials expect u201Cwidespread violationsu201D of the new statute. Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governor's office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that u201Cconfiscationu201D of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and that lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation. Activists involved in the state-wide boycott against the unconstitutional statute who spoke to the Post almost taunted authorities, saying gun owners would essentially dare authorities to u201Ccome and take it away.u201D According to the paper, leaders of some of the state's hundreds of gun clubs, dealers, and non-profit organizations, citing the New York Constitution's guarantee that gun rights u201Ccannot be infringed,u201D are currently involved in organizing the resistance. Among the primary concerns is that, with registration, authorities would know where to go for confiscation, an idea already proposed openly by Governor Cuomo himself. u201CThey're saying, u2018F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We're not going to register our guns,' and I think they're serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,u201D explained State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. u201CThey're taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they're taking it away.u201D The NRA itself, while saying that it did not participate in organizing resistance to the law, admitted that it was not surprised by the open defiance among gun owners. u201CI will say this: Historic experience here and in Canada shows that when you try to force gun owners into a registration and licensing system, there's usually mass opposition and mass noncompliance,u201D NRA President David Keene told the Post. u201CI think it's going to be very difficult for the governor to get mass compliance with this new law.u201D

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