State wants to create digital database of all handgun owners
Sheriff Thomas Lorey of Fulton County, New York
A sheriff in Fulton County, New York, is taking on that state’s anti-gun establishment by defying an attempt to have legal handgun owners “recertify” their right to bear arms with the state bureaucracy.
New York adopted the sweeping SAFE Act legislation in 2013 with most of the attention focused on a ban on “assault rifles” and high-capacity clips. But a little-known provision of the bill requires every handgun owner to recertify their permit with the local sheriff or clerk’s office by 2018. The counties are then required to upload the permit information to a statewide digital database that is being created. The process must be repeated every five years.
The state has sent out 500 “invitations” to gun owners in several counties asking them to participate in an early pilot program. They are asked to go online and upload their information on each gun they own.
Sheriff Thomas Lorey of Fulton County volunteered his county to participate in the pilot program, only so he could send a message to the bureaucrats in the state Capitol, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’m asking everyone that gets those invitations to throw them in the garbage because that is where they belong,” Lorey said at a recent meeting with conservative activists. “They go in the garbage because, for 100 years or more, ever since the inception of pistol permits, nobody has ever been required to renew them.”
The state wants to roll out the new online registration database by February, Lorey said.
“I don’t think they’re going to be able to do it,” he said. “Let’s have everybody’s permit expire the same day and let ‘em see what they’re going to do with it.”
In the meantime, Lorey added, “I want to assure you that everyone in Fulton County has nothing to fear from the sheriff’s office. We’ve got real crime and real criminals to occupy our time with.”
The NY SAFE Act stands for New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which was passed in January 2013 and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Similar legislation also passed the legislatures in Maryland, Colorado and Connecticut in the wake of the December 2012 tragedy.
In Connecticut, thousands of gun owners have refused to comply with the sweeping new gun control laws.
“The revolt is underway,” Gun Owners of America leader Larry Pratt told WND in a previous story about Connecticut’s refusnik gun owners. “Tens of thousands of people in Connecticut have intentionally missed the deadline. They are not registering. Some of them actually said they would not when they were at the hearing when the law was being considered in the legislature,” said Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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