Civil Liberties

New Yorkers Vow To Defy Intrusive New Gun Laws

Traditionally, registration has a very low compliance rate


In late February, a sea of several thousand gun-rights supporters stood on the state Capitol's west lawn. While waving American flags and "Don't Tread on Me" banners, they chanted over and over: "We will not comply."

Starting this week, their message will be put to the test.

Today marks a key date in the ongoing battle over the state's gun-control laws. A much-debated provision of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act takes effect, prohibiting firearm owners from loading more than seven rounds into their magazines unless they're at a range or in competition.

Also today, owners of certain AR15 assault rifles and other semi-automatic guns with military-style features — the sale of which is now banned in New York — can begin registering their firearms with the state and have a year to do so.