Following a May 15th state Supreme Court victory by a New York gun right’s group, Americans will soon find out just how many New York gun owners have refused to comply with the draconian New York SAFE Act.
This most recent gun rights victory came in response to a lawsuit filed by Monroe county gun-rights activist, Bill Robinson. Ruling in favor of the Plaintiff, the Supreme Court will force the state of New York to reveal statistics regarding the number of gun registrations that have taken place since the April 15th deadline imposed by the SAFE Act.
A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that the state needs to make public statistical information on the number of assault weapons registered in New York.
The April 30 ruling in Albany was disclosed Thursday by the Shooters Committee on Public Education, a gun-rights group that sued last year after the state refused to release the details. State Police claimed the information was not public under a gun-control law passed in January 2013.
Paloma Capanna, a Rochester-area lawyer who represented the group, called the decision a major victory for transparency in government.
She said she would file an order demanding the release of the data if the state doesn’t immediately comply; the state may also appeal.
Why are those statistics important to the gun rights debate? Conservative estimates report that almost one-third of New York’s one million gun owners have refused to register their guns.
As USA Today reports:
The April 15 deadline to register firearms deemed “assault weapons” under Governor Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has been met by hordes of New York Gun owners not rushing to register firearms, and the ceremonial burning of registration forms.
Unofficial estimates suggest that as few as 3,000-5,000 of the estimated 1-2 million firearms that have been redefined as “assault weapons” under New York’s utterly arbitrary and blatantly unconstitutional law have been registered. Literally dozens of gun owners in the state of 19.57 million (2012) residents will take the opportunity to register today.
A similar situation is brewing in near-by Connecticut, where a similar “assault weapon” registration law turned up only 50,000 registrations for the state’s estimated 350,000 offending firearms. The law was passed in late 2013 and thus far, the police have made no move to enforce its strict penalties for failure to register.