“The requirements are not onerous at all,” said Barrett, arguing that registering an assault weapon would be no more complicated than registering a car.
Barrett also contended that sheriffs who say they will take no part in enforcing the law in counties where it is unpopular are “pandering to a certain demographic.”
While some critics of the law point out that many weapons banned by the legislation can be rendered “SAFE Act compliant” through modifications, Barrett said the new alterations make the guns less of a threat to public safety because they no longer have the defined features of assault weapons.
However, Losie scoffed at that argument, noting he is selling numerous SAFE Act compliant AR-15s and pointing out demand for the gun has soared because of the SAFE Act.
Worcester Town Board member Dave Parker, an advocate for gun rights, said he has acquaintances who sold guns defined as assault weapons by the SAFE act because they strongly disagreed with the registration requirement.
Parker said the SAFE Act had the unintended consequence of increasing the trove of weapons in homes across the state.
“It’s pure Cuomo politics,” he said. He noted one neighbor was so perturbed with the legislation that he opted to relocate outside New York.
A group calling for the repeal of the SAFE Act, NY2a Grassroots Coalition, called the law’s implementation “a disaster.”
The group predicts that registration requirement rates will be less than 10 percent, making New York the backdrop for what NY2a said will be one of the nation’s largest acts of civil disobedience involving the general public.
NY2A vowed to work to defeat Cuomo and other political office holders who support the SAFE Act.