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Hundreds of Gun Registration Forms Burned In Protest

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters took to an upstate New York forum on the SAFE Act and promptly turned their gun registration forms into a pile of ash.

The group, known as the NY2A Grassroots Coalition, held a Safe Act Forum at the Elks Banquet Hall in Saratoga County, where they discussed the “importance of not registering firearms” with the state.  Methods of circumventing the SAFE act through civil disobedience and modification to existing firearms were also discussed, a legally modified AR-15 was raffled off, and gun registration forms were burnt in protest.

The day began with Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, declaring at a Saratoga gun show that he “will repeal the SAFE Act.”

Via the Troy Record:

When Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visited the gun show at the City Center Sunday afternoon, he knew how to get the crowd’s attention.

“If I am elected governor, I will repeal the SAFE Act,” Astorino boomed into the mic during his introduction, receiving a hearty response from attendees who had momentarily paused from browsing the show’s booths to listen to his short speech.

“(Gov. Cuomo) took away your rights, why don’t you take away his job?” was another suggestion popular with the gun show crowd.

After the show, Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik (NY-21) packed up her booth and brought her group over to the elks lodge where another group was placing registration cards on a barbecue and turning them to ash.

First-time candidate Elise Stefanik, who is running in the 21st Congressional District race, was also at the gun show touting her belief that the SAFE Act is unconstitutional.

After the gun show, Stefanik took her booth to the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, which was packed with people attending an educational forum on the SAFE Act, hosted by NY2A Grassroots Coalition, that addressed questions about the impending April 15 SAFE Act firearm registration deadline.

Nearly a thousand forms were torched.

Via the Post Star:

Nearly a thousand gun registration forms were turned into ashes Sunday.

The forms are used for people to register with New York State Police firearms that meet the state’s definition of military-style assault weapons. The deadline is April 15. Gun rights advocates gathered at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 to burn the papers in a symbolic protest.

E.J. Stokes, leader of the Warren County chapter of New York Revolution, said he was participating because he believes in the U.S. Constitution.

“Once the Second (Amendment) falls, the rest will go with it. It’s an unconstitutional law, done in the middle of the night with no input from the public,” he said.

The group claims that “registration is confiscation.”

Prior to passing his anti-Second Amendment legislation, Governor Cuomo wondered out loud about the possibility of confiscation in New York.  And in New York City,confiscation notices have already gone out to some legally armed residents.

Governor Cuomo would like you to believe that only right-wing ‘extremists’ think that they are coming for your guns.  But it’s actually the Second Amendment-trampling Democrat extremists who really do want to take them that are the problem.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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