Second Amendment advocates likely to ignore gun registration deadline

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April 11, 2014

There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of “assault-style” firearms to register them with the State police. As The Innovation Trail’s Ryan Delaney reports, there’s concern this provision of the SAFE Act will be ignored.

After New York passed strict gun control laws last January, sales of assault-style weapons became illegal. But for those who already owned guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine, they must register them by Tuesday.

Many Second Amendment advocates see the requirement as a step toward the government seizing their guns.

Chief Deputy John Balloni with the Onondaga County sheriff’s office says the law could make criminals out of people who ignore the law in protest.

“We’re actually creating a category of criminal from of a group of people, a great majority of whom, never would have broken the law.”

Balloni says regardless of feelings on the law, law enforcement agencies have to enforce it. He says they won’t be going out and looking for unregistered guns.

With assault weapons – and their sale – outlawed, Balloni says a black market in unregistered guns could arise.

The assault weapons ownership list will be exempt from Freedom of Information requests. Under the SAFE Act, the state police also do not have to disclose any information about how many guns have been registered. The agency has declined to comment on the program.