Since New York State rolled out new gun laws a little over a year ago, the membership in the local National Rifle Association has nearly doubled.
New York State has now surpassed Texas and California and officially has the highest membership in the NRA of any state in the nation. The NRA informed members of its NYS that membership has grown from 22,000 in New York to 41,000 since the SAFE Act was passed a year ago.
That comes as no surprise to the local president of SCOPE, Shooter’s Committee on Public Education, who says membership in his organization has tripled in the past year.
“This is the first time I’ve seen the hunters stop being apathetic because the SAFE Act now affects them too with this ammunition provision. So, with that in mind, there are six million gun owners in New York State. That’s the last number I’ve heard,” Budd Schroeder said. “[They] are going to be very, very active in the upcoming elections.”
On the other hand, proponents of the SAFE Act believe it may save lives. Just in its first year, more than a thousand suspects who would have faced only misdemeanor gun charges were instead slapped with felony gun charges under the new law.