Assault weapon owners must register firearms or face charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Owners of semi-automatic guns, deemed assault weapons, will be faced with a choice, Tuesday. Those gun owners must register their firearms or face a hefty charge, up to a felony.

These military-style assault weapons are now illegal to buy in New York. Under the SAFE Act, anyone who already owned the now-banned weapon can keep it if it is registered.

REGISTER | That form can be found here.

In a statement, the Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said this is an important part of the law.

Since its passage, the SAFE Act has received a lot of backlash. Rallies and protests have popped up all around New York State and Western New York. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard has openly opposed the law.

In January, Howard said, “ We need to do something about this law. We need to get back and have a law again deals with people that commit firearm crimes and doesn’t turn a grandmother or grandfather into a criminal just because they gave a gun to their grandson or granddaughter.”

A protest will be held Tuesday in Niagara Square, where those against the SAFE act will shred the assault weapon registration form.

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