New Yorkers: Re-Certify Your Assault Weapon Registration (or Spend A Year In Jail)!

State Police have their hands full trying to enforce the flawed SAFE Act. (Photo: Facebook)

Every five years New Yorkers must re-certify the registration of their “assault weapon,” under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act. State police announced last week that the deadline for recertification is quickly approaching for many black rifle owners.

The SAFE Act was rammed through the Legislature in 2013 by emperor Cuomo on the heels of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Never let a crisis go to waste! Five years from the approximate enactment date is now, 2018.

“State law requires that assault weapon registrations must be recertified every five years from the date the registration was filed.  Under NYS Penal Law Section 400, failure to recertify will result in a revocation of the registration,” reads the press release.

The penalty for failing to register an “assault weapon.”  The deadline for registration was April 15, 2014.(Photo: SAFEAct.NY.Gov)

If one’s registration expires then one is in violation of the law. Because possession of an unregistered “assault weapon” is a Class A misdemeanor. Meaning, New Yorkers could spend up to a year in prison and get slapped with a $1,000 fine if they don’t comply.

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that recertification is free. And relatively straightforward. There is an online portal that allows one to do it as well as a downloadable form (I’ve embedded it at the bottom) that can be sent to State Police.

“As part of the recertification process, licensees must affirm that they are not prohibited from possessing firearms under state and federal law, and must also confirm certain personal information,” states the announcement.

SEE ALSO: 70,000 New York Permit Holders Are Now Felons for Failing to Register Handguns

Of course, the whole idea of having to register guns with the government is asinine. Government is the reason we need (notice I didn’t say, “want”) ARs and AKs. “Black rifles are kryptonite to tyranny,” as Clay likes to say. Telling Big Brother who owns what is tantamount to giving them a kill-first list.

Folks, this right here epitomizes the stupidity of the SAFE Act. I’m sure mass killers will follow this restriction to the T. (Photo: SAFEAct.NY.Gov)

Boneheaded it is for another reason. No violent killer or street thug is sitting in his basement right now preparing a recertification form.  Criminals don’t give a rip about the law.  Especially not enough to self-report their status as an armed prohibited person to police.

Anyone with any common sense knows this.  Then again, the overlords in Albany didn’t conceive the SAFE Act to stop bad guys from getting scary-looking guns.  They designed it to chill the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.  To make it increasingly burdensome for good guys to exercise a fundamental right.  That’s why it contains all that nonsense about only putting seven rounds in a 10-round magazine, recertifying assault weapons, and registering handguns.

We are the ones (I live in NY now) with the target on our backs.  Not the criminals.  If there is a silver lining to all this it’s that about 1 million New Yorkers have silently refused to comply with the SAFE Act’s black rifle registration scheme.  These patriots are betting that one day sanity will be restored to the Empire State, that the SAFE Act will be fully repealed.

But until that moment, memo to Gov. Cuomo: Molon Labe!

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Gary July 17, 2020, 12:10 pm

    More preaching to the choir guys…we ALL already know what your saying..and agree, with most of it.
    Move out of NY huh?? To where?? Who is going to buy my $325,000 house? The people that can afford it left with the jobs when they moved out.
    Where are you going to go?Texas?? There are so many libtards moving in there every day from CA..that they are already electing libtards for local government!! Where ever THEY go..they bring that crap with them!!
    Not to mention I don’t want to live in Texas!! Nice people..but I don’t want the snakes, bugs, etc.. but most of all I don’t want the HEAT!! I can take 20 degrees all day over 110°!! Any day!!
    Moving out of MY state is NOT an option!!
    VOTE!! People..VOTE!! Starting in your little towns, all the way to president!! Don’t miss ANY chance you get to throw them out!!
    We ALL talk…but I hate to say it..that is ALL it is.

  • ickv April 14, 2018, 10:51 am

    This is why most of the people i know never registered there “assault” riffles. Its much easier to just to modify your rifle to not have any of the points that the bill points out.

  • tommy jones April 13, 2018, 10:45 pm

    An outright treasonous “law”, what advice would our founders give us? I think we all know… what point do We the People revoke consent to be governed by politicians engaged in outright rebellion and insurrection?

  • craig April 13, 2018, 9:00 pm

    When are they going to learn what is and what is not an Assault Weapon. Head up Ass.

  • Mike Bryant April 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

    Now the ones who registered their so called assault rifles with the state of New York and decide not to re-register will see what their initial compliance with the law do for themselves. The state now has their names and addresses and know where to come kick their door in to confiscate their “evil rifles”.

    • larca December 17, 2018, 3:05 pm

      Hopefully no one has registered an “assault rifle” in New York. An assault rifle would be a military selective-fire weapon that can operate as a machine gun, which has been strictly prohibited since the 1930’s (without a special license).

      The New York (and CA and a few other nutty states)’s laws require registration of assault “weapons”, which is a completely arbitrary and made-up term. Some “assault weapons” aren’t even rifles, they’re pistols. It’s a total cluster-mess. And yes, the people who came up with that term, and crafted those laws, *deliberately* confused “assault weapons” (probably the most popular & common rifles in the U.S.) with “assault rifles”.

  • Scotty Gunn April 13, 2018, 6:14 pm

    That’s why you don’t register them in the first place, duh!

  • Robert V Burns April 13, 2018, 5:49 pm

    Harrasment much ?

  • Campbell King April 13, 2018, 4:10 pm

    Who on earth would live in that dump,,Nu Yark

  • Richie April 13, 2018, 2:59 pm

    The fuhrer would be very pleased!

  • jd April 13, 2018, 1:15 pm

    Although I have lived in NYS for 62 years I wonder why? the highest taxes of all states. the most red tape and restrictions on any incoming and existing businesses. One of the biggest Nanny states taking care of people who refuse to work at a job, but work the system. I have watched people going thru the grocery check out in front of me with an overflowing shopping cart. Get thru the register and hand the clerk an EBT card to cover their $400 purchase. I am next in line and pay cash for my $60 purchase. Did I mention the EBT card owners had tattoos on every piece of exposed flesh and a smart phone in their ear? I don’t have either but pay cash for my own groceries. And for part of the EBT cardholders groceries. something is wrong about that. Could the EBT cardholder have paid for their own groceries if they did not piss away their money and then depend on somebody else to take care of them?

  • Darryl April 13, 2018, 1:01 pm

    getting ready to knock on people’s door’s for the round up of their gun’s. or more like busting down door’s.

  • Tommy Barrios April 13, 2018, 12:27 pm




  • Grant Stevens April 13, 2018, 12:23 pm

    If allowed, these “city states” will stomp our hard-won Constitution into the dirt. These large metro areas are as anti-American as it gets. Enslaved with oppressive taxation and regulations, the sheeple there have no clue they are just chattel for Big Brother. Until they hold their elected “representatives” accountable for the tyranny being imposed upon them, they do not deserve the liberty they are losing. Like the first shot heard round the world, the time to use our guns is when they come for them. Sic semper tyrannis!

  • Mahatma Muhjesbude April 13, 2018, 11:53 am

    Well, I’ve been warning everybody for years on this blog and others. I was laughed at right after Obama was elected and got a sneak peek at their gun control agenda for relating that there’s a clear and present danger of illegal fiat type gun Confiscations mandates coming down the now accelerated jet powered slippery slope, right after universal background checks are passed, thus creating the ‘supposedly’ illegal practice of keeping Registery Data Bases on all gun owners. They told me ‘Nobody’ll stand for that’, They’ll never get away with that, LOL! You’re just paranoid…it’s just your PTSD showing or TBS from too many combat explosions?

    Notice the official Certificate above has no qualms or reservations now for using the word Registration three times in their little certification letters.

    All my life I’ve been proactively anti-gun control and telling the NRA for years to quit capitulating like a suck-ass Commie sycophant under the subtle aegis of this nascent but speed shifting tyrannist agenda and start getting a ‘grass roots’ gun law–ALL unconstitutional gun laws–repeal PAC moving.

    But ‘duh, um, uh, (scratching their shrinking balls while stuttering) ahh, nothing got rolling yet but we’re thinking about it.’ BULLSHIT MOTHERFUCKER! You can’t even facilitate a simple suppressor/silencer bill, or nationwide carry reciprocation when it should really be nothing less than Constitutional Carry everywhere; but instead cave to making even MORE fucking gunlaws like banning bump stocks and preventing 20 year old combat vets from buying a rifle when they return to the home of the brave and the land of the stolen freedoms?

    And now the NRA’s rights killing notions of compromise is now infecting members of the purely corrupted Republican leadership with the recent suck-hole sissy pants panic brought about by a puerile scripted mouthpiece for Soros’ disarmament agenda.

    But guess what? The Leftist Totalitarians sure picked up on the repeal tactic and fired the first villainous volley in the form of a repeal of the 2nd/A? They got right on it full balls to the wall no holds barred and guess what?

    The score is now Tyrannist Totalitarians 10, Constitutional Libertarian Patriots 0 zip nada.

    Instead of relying on the useless NRA anymore for anything, why don’t start supporting action groups like the Oath Keepers and the Rutherford Institute? Who actually create some physical movement toward preserving our rights and combating the criminal gun grabbers? Oathkeepers are serious patriots comprised of what’s left of the Vets and Cops who do not bend their knees before their slavemasters. And the Rutherford Institute files SCOTUS lawsuits to protect against the police statist anti-Constiutional tyrannies.

    Why? Because after all is said and done, there will always ne more SAID, than ever done.

    And this is like surrendering before you even have a chance of losing.

    Fast initial Action always beats re-action, but no action at all does not always hold true to the old martial art aphorism that ‘you can”t lose the fight you don’t get into.’

    Because as history has proven, the most important things in life must be fought for and the fight must be WON to preserve your life, liberty, and the pursuit of…stuffing your macro-mouth full of Cheetos and chocolate cookies from your armchair borne Ranger couch commando headquarters. while getting your ‘briefings’ from Hunger Games sports programming or Saturday morning cartoons with your kids…

    Who will someday ask you why the fuck you didn’t do anything about totalitarian liberty murdering criminals when you had the chance?

    I’m so ashamed of what’s happened to our country that I almost want to give up.

    Except that I just never learned what that means.

    • Tommy Barrios April 13, 2018, 12:33 pm

      I Shredded the last NRA application sent to me and sent it back to them!

  • J Hud April 13, 2018, 11:35 am

    This is old and inaccurate info. The 7 round magazine limit is gone, increased to 10. Pistol Licenses are up for renewal. Assault rifle registry is not. Not that any of this crap makes sense, also the ammo background check has died a quiet death

  • William Lynn April 13, 2018, 11:20 am

    The main problem with NY is that everything seems to revolve around the city (NYC). The rest of the state, outside of Albany and Buffalo, are heavy conservative and they just get screwed at every turn.

  • Michael Skelton April 13, 2018, 10:47 am

    Time to form a Militia in the state of New York! Show them what law abiding citizens can really do when their rights are violated!

  • Michael April 13, 2018, 9:45 am

    Well, New Yorkers have an additional “weapon” at their disposal – their feet! Vote with your feet and move out of New York (city and/or state). There is a whole nother world out there folks – one where “govern”ment isn’t afraid of (or stupid about) those nasty little black rifles. Head em up and move em out. Leave New York to the sheeple and elitests. They deserve each other.

    • JustMe April 15, 2018, 9:25 am

      Right there is an idea for the people.
      Leave and take your tax $$ with you..

  • CountryBoy April 13, 2018, 9:34 am

    The Fascist State of New York is only surpassed in its FASCISM by the Fascist State of California..,…

  • GuidoFL April 13, 2018, 9:26 am

    “Free” for now but wait till NY imposes a small fee that will escalate into a large fee. There wanna be dictators need to feel a rope.

  • joefoam April 13, 2018, 9:21 am

    How far we have come from the intent of our founders? The people of this country have lost their way mostly due to the urbanization of the populace. City folks just don’t get it. Notice that even in red states there is an ugly blue stain around population centers. It’s hard to vote out the liberals when they have so many supporting voters but you have to try.

    • Michael April 13, 2018, 9:40 am

      That is why our forefathers deemed it necessary to stick that old anoying little thing called the “Electoral College” in the Constitution – so our Country wouldn’t be a pure democracy. It was a nice touch also to have every state allocated two Senators to even things up a bit! The key is vote, vote, and vote in every election. Subscribe to the Democrats’ motto: “Vote early, vote often!”

  • Dwight April 13, 2018, 9:10 am

    My thinking is that all police officers must have a valid oath of office filed and are they not obligated to uphold the constitution so would they not be in violation of that oath in upholding this statute. 42 USC 1985 certainly should be our protection against persons that violated our rights and yet I see no one using that law to protect oneself. 1985 is designed so that an individual can use it without the aid of an attorney. Is 1985 just another law being ignored by the judges in this country. I think for the most part people look to our politicians to protect their rights and that just does not seem to be working in many cases.

    • Tommy Barrios April 13, 2018, 12:37 pm


    • Mahatma Muhjesbude April 13, 2018, 12:47 pm

      You are correct, to a point, Dwight. But as we know, Agenda based anti-American tyrannists (even though your grammar programs flag this, it IS a real word with an oriented definition) also include police and military and certainly most government agency police.

      Throw in a justice system with far too many corrupted judges who prefer to legislate their agenda from the bench rather than protect the Constitution with the oath they took.

      The scam here is that it takes so long to challenge an illegal lower court pseudo-law (euphemistically known as a decision) that still functions as a law from the bench until it is overturned/repealed. The Tyrannists know this and play it like 3 Aces in the hole.

      While the rest of us sleep.

      And there are more laws specifically preventing anti-constitutional circumvention of this Supreme Law of The Land, as well as the Bill of Rights. But ‘THEY’ just ignore them. And Police are still the most prolific and egregious of offenders. I just read something not long ago I first thought was fake news or a joke/prank about a police department routinely entering homes without a warrant just on an officer’s subjective ‘suspicion’ and when confronted with their complete denial of due process to the victims and committing what was essentially a criminal home invasion, the police department ‘officially’ ‘believed’ that this was ‘okay police work’? Hard to believe, in this day and age, with all the bad PR rogue ops are getting, but it’s really worse than that. In North or South Dakatoa, I seem to recall, when local departments first started using drones, a couple years ago, one Sheriff’s department wanted to go one step further and got their legislators to sponsor a state bill to weaponized them, oh, nothing serious, just tazers, which unnecessarily kill dozens of civilians a year, and tear gas, and maybe full auto paintball pepper shots or hard glass balls, which doubtless will eventually escalate to flash bangs and even real Glocks or ?

      But one of the news reporters asked the sheriff about the probable cause necessity required for Constitutional Due Process in a search if they intended to fly these drones over private property and the Sheriff said arrogantly and condescendingly that flying the drones close enough to private property to spy on people was, in fact, how they would GET the probable clause for a warrant!

      If you go to the Oathkeepers website and read their membership creed, which is a reiteration of the Oath of office to protect and uphold the Constitution, you’ll see the difference between good cops and bad ones. Right now, there’s too many bad one’s and not enough good ones.

      But yes, I agree that some new political base modeled somewhat after the virtuall now defunct libertarian party that otherone the Tea Party which nobody cares about anymore for all pragmatic applications should be created with the main specific purpose of repealing all gun laws and proactively prosecuting all violations of the Constitution and our Bill of Rights according to the laws already on the books like 1985, and to include proactive education and promotion of Jury Nullifications.

      That got off to a start a few years ago, but the corrupt Justice system quickly retaliated and judges would arrest anybody caught outside of the courthouse handing out jury nullification instructions. The charge was Obstruction of Justice and/or Jury tampering.

      It’s going to be a rough uphill battle for us at this point against a fast moving avalanche of tyranny down a well greased with corruption slippery slope.

      But if we don’t quit procrastinating…

      Your rights will soon be ‘gone girl’.

  • Al April 13, 2018, 9:09 am

    Anyone who thinks New York isn’t a fascist State must have excrement for brains.

  • Griffendad April 13, 2018, 8:30 am

    So the law abiding New Yorker loads 7 rounds into his 10 round magazine while the criminal loads the full 10. They meet. Anyone can do the math.

  • stephen stewart April 13, 2018, 8:26 am

    It wasn’t much of a ‘win’ but the legislature did amend the ‘SafeAct’ to allow 10 rounds in a magazine instead of the original mandate of 7 rounds.

  • clyde mertz April 13, 2018, 8:22 am

    So what is an assault rifle?

  • Wyatt Earp April 13, 2018, 8:20 am

    Better register my water pistols also, since they are a “Gateway Gun” for the youngsters…

  • Mad Mac April 13, 2018, 8:10 am

    How dare New York deny black rifle owners their constitutional right. This is unparalleled discrimination against African Americans and shall not stand… What? Oh… You meant owners of black rifles. That changes everything. Never mind.

  • Jay April 13, 2018, 7:04 am

    The Tree of Liberty is getting thirsty in NY!

  • America patriot April 13, 2018, 7:00 am

    The subjects in the people’s republic of new york need to rise up and fight this oppression, next they will be doing hands on inspection of your rifles, then ultimately confiscation. We are seeing a leftist takeover, run by children who think they should control what adults can and can’t do.
    The founders are rolling in their graves.

  • Eric Holder April 13, 2018, 6:40 am

    It is paramount that the NY Police maintain this Constitutional registration of weapons that are in the hands of the peasants. I bet their were many Jews who also lived in the same state of denial when they were being stripped of their rights, property and being tagged. Keep smiling ALL you “law abiding gun owners” the law is your friend, you must follow it, you are getting sleepy, very sleepy, you will not remember you had any rights or the Constitution when you wake up. LOL.

    Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

  • Billy M April 13, 2018, 6:15 am

    I’ll take that bet. Unfortunately, it is looking more and more like the time has come for ‘We The People’ to remind the government who their true ‘bosses’ are, in a not so nice way.

  • John R. Pyles III April 12, 2018, 10:46 pm

    I guess the word infringement has no meaning in Albany New York, I see Coumo in jail in the near future( I know just a Dream) one of the original 13 colonies what a joke.

  • Mark April 12, 2018, 2:06 pm

    I guess there are no other pressing crime issues in New York for the police to deal with.

  • Chastran April 12, 2018, 1:35 pm

    What’s next? How about, NY residents are directed to return the Assault Weapon Registration Recertification form with a certified check in the amount of $1000 for each weapon by the due date. Late submission will result in a 10% penalty per weapon. Thank you!

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