One thousand registration forms torched in SAFE Act protest

Mikael Thalen
March 17, 2014

Second Amendment supporters in Saratoga Springs, New York burned nearly one thousand gun registration forms this Sunday in protest to the NY SAFE Act.
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As the April 15 “assault weapons” registration deadline draws near, members of the NY2A Grassroots Coalition are encouraging non-compliance at educational forums across the state.

“Our goal is to keep the registration numbers as low as possible,” NY2A co-founder Lisa Donovan told Storyleak. “The message yesterday was focused on those options including the mods that can be made to avoid registration.”

In an act of defiance to the unconstitutional law, group members provided attendees with access to not only a barbeque grill, but to copies of the state’s registration form as well.

“We ended the event first with a raffle of a NY-legal AR and then we gave people registration cards to burn outside as they were leaving,” Donovan said.

Nearly everyone in attendance was seen torching the forms, an act of civil disobedience that is likely to be replicated across the state.

“I think for me it demonstrated our resolve to oppose unjust laws, and our passion to live free,” Rob Arrigo said.

The group also pointed to the law’s loosely written language, which many feel leaves the door open for even larger Second Amendment abuses.

“One of our major messages is that registration is confiscation,” Donovan said. “The way the law is written, you can not pass these guns down after you die.”

While gun control advocates attempt to deny plans for confiscation, rejected proposals from early drafts of the bill clearly included such provisions. New York mayor Andrew Cuomo even gave his public support for confiscation during a 2012 interview, stating that the option was on the table.

Despite the knee-jerk passage of the NY SAFE Act, the legislation is already being opposed by the vast majority of New York residents.

“The fact is, 84 percent of the counties of NY passed non-binding resolutions protesting the SAFE Act and the manner in which it was passed,” Donovan said.

Even with billions of dollars in support, the popularity of gun control is in an all out free fall as former advocates leave in droves.

Just last month, Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik announced his resignation from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the state’s largest gun control lobby. According to Tkazyik and 50 other mayors, the group’s entire agenda was focused around the confiscation of law-abiding citizens’ guns.

Other states such as Connecticut are experiencing similar results, as millions of gun owners refuse to comply with registration demands as well.

While officials attempt to convince the public of the bill’s legitimacy, gun owners have become even more skeptical after a Conn. police officer told firefighters that he would love to kick down doors and confiscate guns. The officer was suspended only hours later after viral reports revealed his comments.