The unpopular SAFE Act has ensured 44,000 gun owners to register their guns but there may be thousands more residents who haven’t come forward.
Since the NY SAFE Act went into effect nearly three years ago in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, nearly 24,000 people have applied to register assault weapons under the new guidelines.
Under the SAFE Act, or Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, dozens of rifles, several types of shotguns, and even a few handguns are considered to be “assault weapons” in New York.
Now using data previously withheld from the public by state police, it appears that the numbers of registered guns are contradictory to the fact that there may be many more of the weapons out there.
Through a lawsuit filed by former radio host and gun rights activist Bill Robinson, the state police were prompted to hand over data showing that though the 44,000 weapons have been registered, observers estimated that as many as 500,000 to 1,000,000 assault rifles were in the state when the law was passed.
Capanna, Bill Robinson’s lawyer, said that New York’s stated total of 44,000 weapons is a sign that the unpopular law is being ignored by many citizens. Connecticut, which passed a similar law, has over 50,000 of the assault weapons registered.
Being that New York’s population is some five times that of Connecticut, far fewer of the weapons per capita have been registered in the state. Second amendment supporters say that this a good sign that many in the state are non-compliant and will continue to be so.
As of now, there is a grassroots campaign for full repeal of the unpopular SAFE Act in New York.