Gun rights advocates in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., reportedly burned nearly one thousand gun registration forms to ashes in a clear act of civil disobedience.
Under the hastily-passed SAFE Act, Gun owners have until April 15 to register their so-called semi-automatic rifles that fall under the state’s own definition of “military-style assault weapons.” The forms they burned are the very forms the state wants them to turn in registering their firearms.
Instead, gun owners rallied at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 to torch the forms in a “symbolic protest,” the Post-Star reports.
Jake Palmateer, co-founder of NY2A, the gun rights group that organized the protest, said the group stands against gun registration because the “evidence is clear that registration leads to confiscation.”
Palmateer also said he and other gun owners hope so few people register their guns that the provision “collapses under its own weight.” As previously reported by TheBlaze, tens of thousands of so-called assault weapons in Connecticut also have not been registered as now required by law.
“[Palmateer] estimates that less than 3,000 New York assault weapons have been registered and he says Sate Police estimated that there are several hundred thousand,” the Post-Star reports. “The gun industry believes the number may be high as 1.2 million, according to Palmateer.”
Ultimately, he added, “this is a civil rights issue.”
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)