Gun owners and firearm rights advocates publicly shredded gun registration forms in Buffalo, N.Y., yesterday to protest the state's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
The SAFE Act requires that people who owned assault weapons prior to the SAFE Act's passage on Jan. 15, 2013, register those guns with the state by April 15, 2014, or have the weapons made inoperable.
According to WIVB, about 70 gun protesters shredded state gun registration documents in front of a state office building. They also wore T-shirts that read: “New York Resistance” and “Join Your Local Militia” (video below).
“They have been shredding the Constitution for years,” Russ Thompson, who led Tuesday’s rally, told The Buffalo News. “You shred the Constitution, we’ll shred any form you want us to fill out. They can’t arrest a million people. What are they going to do?”
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However, Leah Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, countered, "There’s a lot of hyperbole and misinformation floating around. People who owned these weapons before Jan. 15, 2013, can keep them. All they need to do is register them. It is painless, easy and costs nothing."
“No guns are being taken away unless you fail to register your military-style assault weapon, if you happen to own one. If you register it, you can keep it,” added Barrett.