NY gun owners burn registration forms in protest, vow to register nothing

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Chris Eger

This weekend members of the NY2A Grassroots coalition turned nearly a thousand New York SAFE Act gun registration forms into ash at a protest in Saratoga Springs.

These forms are the ones used by the New York State Police to add firearms classified under new legislation to a registry of so-called ‘assault weapons’ in the state. The SAFE Act, implemented in 2013, mandates that all such guns be registered by April 15.

“We’re basically explaining to people once they register, that gun is no longer theirs,” said Lisa Donovan, one of the organizers of Sunday’s rally.

“It’s a matter of time as to when the state will take it … It will be upon their death or when they change the law and decide to confiscate the guns that have been registered,” she continued.

In a show of civil disobedience, nearly a thousand unfilled NYS Police Assault Weapons Registration forms (pdf) were burnt in a barbecue grill at the rally. Organizers of the event say that the crowd Sunday numbered several hundred.

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