Gun Owners say, “Screw You, Gov. Cuomo”

NY state officials estimate that there are about a million “assault weapons” in the hands of private citizens in the state. It will be interesting to see what percentage of those end up registered with the state following the newly passed and highly unconstitutional law that requires registration of said weapons. According to the NY Post, it may not be very many:

Assault-rifle owners statewide are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.

Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.

Will the law lead to confiscation? Depends on whether you believe the “nose of the camel” metaphor:

Magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and manufactured before 1994, which are currently legal, would have to be turned over to authorities or sold out of state within one year.

Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain: NY lawmakers did not learn for our northern neighbor’s massive mistake in attempting a similar registration scheme. The cost of the ineffective Canadian Gun Rigistry was enormous:

  • In 1995, it was estimated that the gun registry would cost $119 million to implement. Further, registration fees cheerfully paid by gun owners would generate of $117 million, so the whole scheme would only cost the taxpayers $2 million.
  • In a 2002 audit, these estimates were slightly revised to say that the cost of the program would exceed $1 billion within the next couple of years and that licensing fees would bring in a mere $140 million.
  • In 2004, 
  • In February 2004, documents obtained by the media indicated that costs had soared to about $2 billion.
  • In 2011 the scheme was scrapped and the records were ordered destroyed. A temporary injuction was granted in 2012 to prevent destruction of the records and that bit of drama is still unfolding.

Hat tip to Reason for starting me off on this rabbit trail: New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to “Assault Weapons” Registration Law – Hit & Run :

Posted January 27th, 2013 Filed in Second Amendment