MOLON LABE: The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register
With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducingÂ legislative actions to curtail access to firearmsÂ protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced toÂ register firearms with their childâs schoolÂ under threat of criminal penalties.
In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic riflesÂ at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representativesÂ have already passed legislationÂ that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo hasÂ floated the idea of gun confiscation.
Now, in what is sure to be a growing trend across the entire country, New York gun owners are organizing a resistance against what many believe to be the most, âbrazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation,â according toThe New American:
Preparations are already being made for mass resistance.
âIâve heard from hundreds of people that theyâre prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,ââÂ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with theÂ New York Post.
Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. âMany of these assault-rifle owners arenât going to register; we realize that,ââ a source in the Cuomo administration told theÂ Post, adding that officials expect âwidespread violationsâ of the new statute.
Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governorâs office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that âconfiscationâ of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and thatÂ lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation.
Activists involved in the state-wide boycott against the unconstitutional statute who spoke to theÂ PostÂ almost taunted authorities, saying gun owners would essentially dare authorities to âcome and take it away.â
According to the paper, leaders of some of the stateâs hundreds of gun clubs, dealers, and non-profit organizations, citing the New York Constitutionâs guarantee that gun rights âcannot be infringed,â are currently involved in organizing the resistance. Among the primary concerns is that, with registration, authorities would know where to go for confiscation, an idea already proposed openly by Governor Cuomo himself.
âTheyâre saying, âFâ the governor! Fâ Cuomo! Weâre not going to register our guns,â and I think theyâre serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,âÂ explainedÂ State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. âTheyâre taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and theyâre taking it away.â
Opponents of the right to bear arms, take heed. The American people know what youâre up to and they will not stand for it.
The resistance has begun.
January 26th, 2013