Friday, 25 January 2013 11:38

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 “come and take it.” 

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. “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 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. “Many 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 “widespread violations” 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 “confiscation” 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 “come and take it away.” 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 “cannot be infringed,” 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.

“They’re saying, ‘F--- 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,” explained State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.”

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. “I 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,” NRA President David Keene told the Post. “I think it’s going to be very difficult for the governor to get mass compliance with this new law.”

Throughout the short discussion on the bill, GOP legislators warned about the prospect of resistance — potentially resulting in violence. Indeed, even some lawmakers have already promised to defy the new unconstitutional statute. Republican state Assemblyman Steve Katz, for example, told his colleagues during the debate that the legislation’s attempt to re-define semi-automatic rifles as banned “assault weapons” creates “a new class of criminals overnight.” However, he also mentioned that he had no intention of complying with the arbitrary seven-bullet maximum demanded under the legislation.

“I leave my wife and three young daughters home alone for days at a time to represent my constituents here,” Katz said on the floor of the Assembly. “After what happened to the young mother in Loganville, Georgia who defended her two young children against an intruder, this bill will turn me into a criminal because you can bet that before I leave to do the people’s work, there will be more than seven bullets in the magazine of my wife’s firearm.”

He concluded his plea for respecting gun rights with some quotes about the reason for the Second Amendment and New York state’s even more overt prohibition on infringements. The first one he read came from George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”  

As in the rest of the United States, law enforcement has also been speaking out about infringements on the right to keep and bear arms — especially after the SAFE Act was rammed through so hastily that, according to analysts, "oops," police officers are now in violation of the law too. New York sheriffs have become outspoken about the rights of citizens, as well, expressing serious concerns about violations of unalienable rights contained in the new state statute.

"This law has some issues pertaining to the Second Amendment," explained Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, one of many to express reservations about the new rules. "I'm deeply concerned in haste to pass the law, they may have missed the point on some of the mental health issues and are dealing with some ammunition and gun issues and law-enforcement issues."

Steuben County Sheriff David Cole, meanwhile, released a statement backed by the local police union criticizing the highly controversial statute as well. "These laws will now make it so thousands and thousands of law-abiding citizens, who go to work, pay their taxes, and [are] concerned about their children's future, will now be considered criminals if they choose to stand up for the Second Amendment rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution," Sheriff Cole noted, echoing widespread concerns being heard throughout the state.

Ironically, even some anti-gun extremists who openly support lawlessly infringing on unalienable rights have criticized the legislation. The ultra-far-left Center for American Progress, funded by billionaire statist George Soros, for example, complained about the provisions purporting to obligate doctors to report their patients to authorities if they express violent or suicidal thoughts — all in violation of the traditional doctor-patient confidentiality relationship.

Doctors belittled the provision, too, noting that it could discourage people who otherwise would seek help from talking to healthcare providers out of fear that the police could show up at their door and confiscate their weapons. "The people who arguably most need to be in treatment and most need to feel free to talk about these disturbing impulses, may be the ones we make least likely to do so," Dr. Paul Appelbaum at Columbia University told the Associated Press. Critics say the provision will turn New York into a "psychiatric police state."

Meanwhile, at the national level, some Democrat lawmakers and President Obama are seeking draconian new gun bans and a wide array of other infringements on the right to keep and bear arms. State governments and sheriffs nationwide, however, are speaking out, working to nullify any assault on gun rights, and if needed, arrest federal officials trying to enforce unconstitutional rules. With the amount of resistance already expressing itself in New York, analysts say attempting similar schemes at the federal level would be literally insane. Still, that does not mean it will not be attempted.

Alex Newman is a correspondent for The New American, covering economics, politics, and more. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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9 comments

  • Comment Link Bryan Monday, 04 March 2013 21:35 posted by Bryan

    @Gary Ward - It's actually not just "logic" (as in, it's not just some thought experiment without validation). It's studies and statistics.

    First off, "gun crime" stats have no place in the argument, it's *overall* violent crime and homicide that is important. If you pass a law that doubles the overall homicide rate while making fewer of those homicides done with a firearm, then have you succeeded? Regardless of whether you think that's what would happen, we can agree that that would be a bad result...since more people are being killed. But if you use "gun homicide" as the metric for success...then yeah, that would falsely be considered a good result. It's gun ownership's affect on violence and homicide overall that needs to be used as the metric for success. Otherwise a ban can remove all firearms and make criminals simply use other tools and actually increase the violence because the deterrent of a victim possibly having a firearm is removed (which is what the studies show can happen).

    When looking at overall homicide and violent crime rates that's when our relationship with Europe gets leveled a bit. In fact, there are countries with double, triple, and quadruple our homicide/violence rates...with a fraction of the gun ownership. And there are countries with high gun ownership and extremely low homicide. There are also countries such as the UK with low gun ownership and low homicide...but when you look closer, they had low homicide before their bans (in fact, it has risen since the ban).

    Overall, if you want to really have an open mind and learn about this relationship then you should really see this study published by Harvard on the subject: http://tinyurl.com/yobqcz

  • Comment Link Patriot57 Friday, 01 February 2013 15:28 posted by Patriot57

    What we need to do is have states pass laws like Switzerland has where every man of military age must keep an assault rifle at home and know how to use it. They have the lowest crime and murder rates in the world and nobody would ever dare invade them.
    Dictator Cuomo should be arrested for treason and I think that absolutely everybody should ignore his non-law. Outside of the People's Republic of New York City run by Nanny Bloomberg the police will not enforce this baloney anyway.
    The Supreme Court says unconstitutional laws are null and void as if they had never been passed. If infringing on our right to arms isn't unconstitutional then nothing is.
    Gary you should stop inventing things. Europe has much higher levels of violent crime per capita and everybody knows it. Because of its stupid gun ban Norway just had 77 children murdered by one lunatic because nobody with a gun could stop him.
    MOLON LABE!

  • Comment Link Gary Ward Friday, 01 February 2013 14:07 posted by Gary Ward

    Sorry - but this logic of 'more guns reduces crime' is counter-intuitive. The US has roughly the same number of citizens as Europe and similar social and economic issues. Gun controls exist across almost all European states and access to guns is difficult. European gun crimes are about one tenth of the level in the US and overall violent crime is less than half that of the US. Comparing Chicago (a city) to Wyoming (a State) as evidence is like comparing a Whale to a 2 week old baby and claiming the Whales are more intelligent than humans! The country needs stricter gun controls to start to reverse the levels of gun crime.

  • Comment Link Tionico Friday, 25 January 2013 21:41 posted by Tionico

    SOOOOooooo.... Cuomo wanted a "First", did he? Looks like he may well have it.. allong witn an unplanned bonus First. Yes, he DID manage to ram through the nation's first and most insane gun grab legislation after Sandy Hook. But it appears he may well also have the first civil uprising over unconstitutional gun rights denial since Sandy Hook. The only thing that would make this better would be for Bloomie to join in on Cuomo's side..... and that they BOTH be tossed, impeached, run out of town on a rail, and/or otherwise publically shown to be the irrational tyrants they are, and suitably dealt with on that account. Cuomo may have bewtiched the lawmakers, but the lawmakers have certainly NOT bewitched their sovereigns, the people of that state. If things manage to hang together until the next election (and I question this eventuality) it is certain to be the biggest political housecleaning in New York history. If I were a New York gun owner I'd be putting together a recall election to get that goon out. Meanwhile, some serious court action is in order. If I lived in New York I wouldn't....... leave that Hell's Kitchen of a place.

  • Comment Link Michael Z. Williamson Friday, 25 January 2013 20:57 posted by Michael Z. Williamson

    Peter A. Sagi: Idiotic conspiracy ramblings aren't supportable in court, and don't help KABA. It doesn't matter what you think you believe. It only matters what real world courts say. Pretending otherwise accomplishes nothing.

    Luckily, the Courts agree with our position.

    Keep calm and carry guns.

  • Comment Link Brian Friday, 25 January 2013 20:53 posted by Brian

    Pete,

    A sovereign is King and ruler of himself. There are no "clouded claims" when it comes to Natural Rights. I decide when and if I am under your jurisdiction. "Clouded claims" are the clouds in your head. It is the splinter in your mind, Neo. If "there are very few folks these days with an unclouded claim to Freeman status," then it is because they know who they are, and decide to be free. Others are not yet ready to be free from the Matrix.

    Many will stand patiently in line for their turn in the gas chamber because they are told to by someone in a uniform.

    Knowledge (of who you are) will set you free.

    Brian

  • Comment Link Brian Friday, 25 January 2013 20:36 posted by Brian

    New York is a smoldering tinderbox. The vast chasm of the Haves and the Have-Nots is growing, and I would not be surprised if former law-abiding gun owners started showing up on the front lawns in the Hamptons uninvited.

    I live in Texas & have no interest in ever visiting a Yankee State. Come and Take It.

  • Comment Link Nora Friday, 25 January 2013 20:18 posted by Nora

    That's a very important point. The FBI and others with a vested interest have launched a propaganda campaign that portrays Sovereigns or Freemen as violent murderers and tax cheats, when nothing could be farther from the truth. Truthfully, if you adopt Freeman status, you are only subject to God's law--not man's. Income taxes are unconstitutional anyway. If we all declared our freedom and filed our statements, threw out our social security numbers and drivers licenses, and threw off our "straw man" we would put the globalists out of business in a matter of months because we'd cut off their funding.

  • Comment Link Peter A. Sagi Friday, 25 January 2013 17:23 posted by Peter A. Sagi

    The under reported subject regarding gun control laws ... status. The second ammendment doesn't apply to the statutory "person" to whom gun laws apply and vice versa. There are very few folk these days with an unclouded claim to Freeman status due to compromising agreements with govt. such as enumeration via social security, birth registration, driver's licenses, voter registration, etc.

    Pete

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