SAFE Act protesters to burn registration forms - Politics on the Hudson
The NY2A Grassroots Coalition said it’s holding an event Sunday in Saratoga and will burn gun-registration forms associated with New York’s SAFE Act.
The event starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Banquet Hall, 1 Elks Lane.
“NY2A is inviting the public to burn SAFE Act registration forms, which will be provided, in the parking lot of the hall. The protest burning will take place at about 4 p.m,” the advisory for the event says.
“The event is designed to highlight the importance of NOT registering firearms with the state. NY2A and other grassroots civil rights organizations have held or scheduled more than two dozen SAFE Act forums around the state ahead of the April 15 firearms registry deadline.”
The state is requiring all firearms to be registered by April 15. Opponents of the law signed in January 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they won’t comply with the registration requirement.
“In Saratoga, speakers will address ways to avoid the firearms registry that include civil disobedience, as well as modifications that can be done to a firearm so that it does not meet the state’s arbitrary and capricious definition of an “assault weapon,’” the group said.
Rallies were held at the Capitol last year in opposition to the gun-control law, which is the toughest in the nation.
The state Rifle & Pistol Association is suing to overturn the law, and said it won’t run rallies this year as it focused on the lawsuit.
Sunday’s rally will include a raffle of an AR-15 “that does not meet the legal definition of an ‘assault weapon.’”
The proceeds will go to the “continuing fight against the SAFE Act.”
More from the group’s advisory about Sunday’s event, which will include a voter-registration drive:
“Firearms registration has historically led to confiscation. And firearms registries have often failed due to low participation rates. So far, the state has refused to release the number of registered firearms under the SAFE Act.
“The importance of direct political action will also be discussed and NY2A’s More Than Vote campaign will be presented to gun owners. Voter registration will be available on site and we are inviting area residents to learn more about volunteering for political campaigns.”