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Gun Control: Police In Upstate New York Refuse To Enforce Safe Act

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New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay believes that the state’s SAFE Act is just the beginning of a movement in the state to infringe upon Second Amendment rights. The gun control legislation was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo one year ago this month. Nojay does not seem to be ready to concede defeat to the gun control contingent just yet. He recently stated that the fight to “restore the right to bear arms” is far from over, with a legal challenge to the law working its way through the court system. The New York assemblyman wants to see the lawmakers who voted in favor of the anti-Second Amendment bill “be held accountable.”

In December, US Chief District Judge William M. Skretny upheld two SAFE Act provisions. He ruled that the bans on high-capacity magazines (10 rounds of more) and “assault weapons” ban are constitutional. The district judge did, though, strike down part of the law that would have made it a crime to possess a gun with more than seven bullets. Nojay said that Assembly Democrats also want every firearm dealers to lock up every single weapon every night. The lawmaker also said that Democrats in the state legislature and gun control advocacy groups want to prohibit the transportation of firearms in and out of New York “which would put all of our manufacturers out of business.”

Bill Nojay had this to say about the SAFE Act and future gun control initiatives in New York:

The rank-and file-troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it. If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Governor Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany. I know a few hundred of these gun owners. I don’t know of any of them that are going to be registered.

During a meeting at the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Nojay was asked what the public could do to convince fellow gun owners to get involved in the political fight against gun control laws. One woman told Nojay she knows 10 gun owners in her family who don’t care about fighting the law or voting because they don’t see how it impacts them.

The Second Amendment supporting lawmaker said:

My answer is very simple: The Safe Act is not the end, it’s the beginning. You don’t have to take my word for it. You look at the bills that are before the state legislature that the Democrats from New York City want to see passed. … They [Democrats] believe that anyone who owns a firearm should be required to have $3 or $5 million of liability insurance. They don’t care … what happens north of the Bronx in terms of employment. In fact, I had a Democrat say to me, and we were taking an elevator ride, and I said, ‘You know, you’re killing us with the job situation in upstate New York. And he looks at me like a teacher would look at a slow child and he said, ‘Bill, why would we want to create more jobs in upstate New York? Those are going to be likely Republicans who are going to vote against us.'”

New York has 62 counties, and a total of 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. If the refusal to enforce the dictates of the new statute continues in the law enforcement realm, a ruling by a federal judge to uphold most of the provisions will be essentially meaningless.

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12 Responses to “Gun Control: Police In Upstate New York Refuse To Enforce Safe Act”

  1. Gene Ralno

    This should send a message to every democrat politician. But this message isn't as important as the ObamaCare message. Regardless of how effective the IRS oppression becomes, free people will get even with their tormentors. That's why the smart democrats are running for their political lives, resigning, changing parties and spinning. Very entertaining.

  2. John Call

    Looks like some people in New York still have a back bone!!!! Good to he'll with the democrats

  3. ICOGS - Intelligent Conversations on Gun Safety

    American gun owners are known to disregard American laws passed by democratically elected officials. These law breakers are very adamant that they are the true patriots even though they are the ones who are defying America's democratic system. Many groups through history have defied their country and revolted… from the southern slave states to the American revolutionaries to the radical Islamists in many middle eastern countries. One day, gun owners may join the ranks of these revolutionaries and the outcome is likely to be bloody.

  4. Rob Martin


    It's not the patriots defying America's democratic system, they're enforcing it from the democratically elected officials who are defying the laws we set for them contained in the Constitution. May? May was 20 years ago. It's a foregone conclusion now.

  5. Serge Shirokov

    We do not live in a Democracy. We live in a Constitutional Republic. Note that first word. The SAFE act is blatantly unconstitutional and anybody who voted to pass it should be hung by the neck until dead for a blatant insurgency against our system of government. We are under no obligation to obey tyrannical laws that blatantly violate our rights. I don't care what your pet judge said. The Constitution is in plain English. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. End of discussion. You want the guns? Molon Labe you degenerate coward.

  6. Michael Ulrich

    Democratically elected officials are the ones defying the Constitution. The Declaration of Independence outlines the times it may become appropriate to throw off a tyrannical government. The 1st Amendment guaranteed the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. The 2nd Amendment provides the ultimate means of checks and balances if those grievances are not satisfactorily addressed . I am not suggesting that the government has risen to a level that could be called tyranny, but the trend seems to be heading in that direction. The lawless do not care about gun control! Whether it be a man or a nation, the threat to the security of peaceful citizens is very real. Leaving guns only in the hands of the police is a nice thought except for the fact that it is usually too late by the time they arrive. I am the first line of defense in my home. I find myself watching this debate from the sidelines, hoping that common sense will prevail! People in this country are so sheltered from the horrors of civil war that they can not comprehend the misery that follows in its wake. People need to look at the innocent smiles on the faces of their children and ask themselves, Is my position on this issue worth risking my child's future? This question is important for both sides to ask.

  7. Andrew Zajackowski

    Just like Pennsylvania and Virginia if not for the large cities both would be Red States

  8. Auric Gold

    One must wonder where Nojay has been all these years if he believes this is "just the beginning" of a movement to infringe Second Amendment rights in New York.

  9. Jay Sperry

    Normally I would give an intelligent lengthy response. Today, all you are getting is , shut the fuck up with your I think i am an expert on everything attitude. Please go to the nearest sporting goods store, purchase a Mossberg and remove yourself from the gene pool.

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