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.
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.
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.
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!