BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Gun owners and Second Amendment rights advocates gathered in downtown Buffalo’s Niagara Square Tuesday afternoon to protest the NY SAFE Act by shredding gun registration forms.
April 15, 2014 marks the deadline for when people who owned assault weapons prior to the passage of the SAFE Act were supposed to register them with New York State.
The SAFE Act redefines an “assault weapon” as almost any semi-automatic weapon with a “military-style feature,” including a telescoping stock, long guns with a pistol grip, or the ability to hold a detachable magazine.
Those types of guns can no longer be bought and sold in New York, but people who already owned them are “grandfathered” in to the law, so long as they register the weapon or have the guns permanently modified so that the “military” features are inoperable.
Those who don’t comply with the SAFE Act’s requirements could face a misdemeanor charge of failure to register their weapons, up to a felony charge for illegal possession of an assault weapon.
Protesters shredded registration documents in front of the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building during a protest from 4:30 to 7:00 PM Tuesday – symbolic, they say, of how state lawmakers “shredded” their Constitutional rights.