Gun owners have to re-certify assault rifles under Safe Act

April 09, 2018 09:21 PM

For the first time in five years, gun owners in New York have to re-certify their assault rifles under the Safe Act. It's no surprise that some people aren't happy about it.

Though re-certifying is free and can be done online from the comfort of your own home, gun rights advocates are wondering why it's necessary at all.


"The purpose of it is to just know that those gun owners still haven't broken any laws, they're still the law abiding citizens that they are," Regional Coordinator for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Pat Tuz said.

Some disagree:

"The imposition of these restrictions on lawful gun owners is doing nothing to make the people of New York State safer," Executive Director of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Tom King said.

Advocates also disagree over how effective recertification is in reducing instances of gun violence.

"Looking at statistics right now, it seems that there's a trend that New York State is getting a little bit more dangerous, particularly in the New York City area," King said.

"It's just another way to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence," Tuz said. "And that's what makes New York the third safest state in the union for gun violence."

King said the key to preventing shootings, like those in Texas and Florida, lies in reporting illegal or questionable behavior to law enforcement officials so they will appear on background checks.

"We have the laws to stop this and we have the methods to stop this," King said. "It's the municipalities, the states and the federal government have to commit to enforcing these laws to make sure that people who shouldn't have guns don't get them."

Tuz said gun control advocates, like New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, want to see the Extreme Risk Protection Order passed by state lawmakers.

"That enables family members to petition the court to take guns away from those who could be a danger to themselves or others," Tuz said.

You can print and fill out a form to re-certify your rifle, the link is posted here and below. That's also where you can also find the page to re-certify online.

More information:

Assault weapon registration


Emily Burkhard

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