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BREAKING: New York Releases Number of Registered “Assault Weapons.” Massive Non-Compliance Revealed


“Since New York’s SAFE Act gun control law went into effect in January 2013, a total of 23,847 people have applied to register their newly defined assault-style weapons with the State Police,” reports “Those individuals have registered a total of 44,485 weapons.” As suspected, the long-delayed release of the numbers indicates an enormous display of “Irish democracy.” In other words, most of New York’s AR-style rifle owners failed to comply with the SAFE Act mandate. How many? Well . . .

While there is no firm count, observers have estimated there could have been hundreds of thousands or even a million assault-style weapons in New York when the law passed.

In Connecticut, which passed a similar registration law after New York’s action, 50,016 weapons have been registered.

New York’s population five times that of the Nutmeg State, far fewer weapons per capita have been registered in New York — suggesting widespread noncompliance.

Additionally, local police, including several county sheriffs, have opposed parts of the SAFE Act and suggested that enforcement of the registration component was not a priority. – they of the wrong gun for the Navy Yard shooting headline above – breaks it down further.

Among the thousands of people in New York state who did apply to register their assault-style weapons — a term whose legal definition was expanded to include military-style features like a pistol grip and popular civilian models of the M16 and AK47 assault rifles — about 40% of them live in the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County.

Within New York City, 1,640 people registered newly defined assault-style weapons in Manhattan County since the law came into effect in January 2013, while 109 did so in Queens County and 54 did so in Kings County, according to the Times Union.

Another 52 registered the weapons in Richmond County, while only 35 did so in Bronx County.

Long Island, however, appeared to have much higher rates of assault weapon registration, with 3,865 people in Suffolk County registering their weapons and 2,755 doing so in Nassau County.

In Westchester County, another 1,498 registered the so-called assault-style weapons.

The stage is set for gun confiscation- possibly in response to some fresh AR-based atrocity. Or is it? Watch this space. [h/t CO]


  1. avatar Another Robert says:

    That front page–that was from the Navy Yard shooting, right? Where the guy actually used an ordinary pump shotgun?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:


    2. avatar Anonymous says:

      New York news isn’t interested in facts or honesty. They are interested in drama, sensationalism, and their opinions (agendas). Most of the people of NY (vastly centered in NYC) don’t care about honesty either – they only care about living happily in ignorant bliss and doing whatever they can to maintain that ignorant bliss by helping the collective (by any means necessary – including violating individual rights). Public safety, the good of the whole, the swarm. It is best that no one anywhere have any privacy whatsoever – so we can stop all acts of terrorism. You should always be stopped and searched by police on your person and your property – for safety. Nobody needs guns at all – because there is no need to resist – the government is here to help (the collective), and public safety is vastly more important than your individual rights. Nobody needs rights – only safety, and more government oversight of safety.

  2. avatar working4change says:

    well we know who the sheep are now.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      …and where the first “Soilent Green” plant will likely be built.

      1. avatar Bob109 says:

        That movie – Soylent Green – scared the crap out of me when I was a youngster. Here is a fun fact. There is a product called Soylent – It is supposed to be very nutritious and reportedly taste like Play-Doh. Oh, and it looks like it is made in a lab in another anti-2nd amendment zone — Los Angeles.

  3. avatar ThomasR says:


    As the sun rise in the east and knowing how you can tell a politician is lying.

    Know it, believe it, live it.

  4. When you need to bury your guns, it’s actually time to dig them up.

  5. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    In Connecticut registration compliance is estimated at four percent. No idea the compliance rate in NY.

    1. avatar Paper Street Soap Company says:

      Estimation is at less than 2%

      1. avatar FedUp says:

        If 40k registered is 2% of the total, then the total is estimated at 2 million?

        1. avatar Chrispy says:

          I would honestly be shocked if the number is at all shy of 1 million

      2. avatar Dale_ ND says:

        That sounds about right. Based on past numbers published of gun ownership, 1% of NY state gun owners would be 39,000 to 40,000 people.

    2. avatar ThomasR says:

      The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

      Ayn Rand

      1. avatar Taylor TX says:

        There’s no way to rule innocent men!

        1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

          damn these innocent people who obey the laws. We gotta figure out some way to get them under a law or something…

    3. avatar Anon in CT says:

      In CT, any guns bought retail have been automatically registered with the state AND your local town on a DPS-3 for some years now (can’t find when it began), so if you bought any firearms recently, they are ALREADY registered, which means you were taking a real risk by not double-registering. It’s a risk I was not willing to take. Folks who bought items before the universal registration regime may have decided to take the risk.

      1. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        Same as California. Always (for me) has been for pistols and post sandy hook for rifles. Glad I bought my lower just before it hit.

        1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          “Glad I bought my lower just before it hit.”

          You mean the one that you lost over the side of your canoe when paddling across Lake Champlain?

  6. avatar Taylor TX says:

    Good on ya New Yorkers, not giving up on you (or anyone else in “those states”) down here. Keep your powder dry.

  7. avatar Swarf says:

    Non serviam.

  8. avatar Trade Treaty TREASON says:

    …. IF you like your Imported Firearms , you can keep your Imported Firearms……
    Why are details of trade deals still SECRET ?? As Jon Rappoport wrote : There is no law to keep the information secret. See – Corporate Coup D’Etat.
    The Senate is evil.

    1. avatar dMo says:

      I’ve been reading ZH since it was just a BlogSpot blog back in 09…great source for unfiltered news you can’t get from the MSM.

      On a long enough time line the survival rate for everyone drops to Zerθ.

  9. avatar Shire-man says:

    I wonder if the statists are shocked and surprised at so many thumbs contacting so many noses.
    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit given how narcissistic and insulated they are.

    1. avatar styrgwillidar says:

      Which is odd given the government lawlessness in not just refusing to enforce, but aiding and abetting the violation of immigration laws. How can they promote lawlessness and still expect the public to comply with the law….

      Amnesty for everyone for everything…

  10. avatar Ross says:

    Well good, there may still be hope for NY yet.

    1. avatar Karl says:

      NY yes, NYC never.

  11. avatar Jomo says:

    I’d bet a good percentage of these people converted to featureless builds. They were already most of the way there with pinned stocks and threadless muzzles. Add one of the wonkey ‘sporter’ stocks and you can even nix the pistol grip. The antis would have no features left to ban.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      There is always a feature left to ban. The last one will be, “Does it consume ammunition?”

      1. My guns don’t consume ammunition. They keep regurgitating it as a projectile.

    2. avatar Davis Thompson says:

      You are correct. Unlike Connecticut, New York allowed modification to avoid registration.

  12. avatar mike oregon says:

    I’m willing to register all my guns……..that weren’t lost in that odd series of boating accidents.

  13. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    Of that 23,000 people, a good number are likely police officers who registered to prevent losing their job.

    1. avatar Greg in Allston says:

      Excellent point.

    2. avatar BLAMMO says:

      And every one of them also gets added to the SAFE Act mental health registry because they’re all out of their minds.

  14. avatar Bob says:

    haha, no shit.So most likely that out of 10 people, 4 at least have weapons. Think about that. Yeah.

  15. avatar Davis Thompson says:

    Unlike Connecticut, New York allowed modification to avoid registration. That said, not many people living upstate bothered to do either.

    New York is essentially two states: Westchester County and below including NYC and Long Island, and the rest of it. Unfortunately, the NYC suburbs has a higher population than the rest of the state. And those areas are heavily liberal. Which means they get to dictate to the rest of us what policy is.

    Policy we sometimes choose to ignore.

    1. avatar Biff Baxter says:

      At least you know where to start digging the moat.

      A very wide moat.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        It’s already there, it’s called the Hudson River

        1. avatar Davis Thompson says:

          Naa. Have to isolate Westchester. Despite electing Rob Astorino twice, it’s still an anti-gun cesspool.

    2. avatar BLAMMO says:

      I live in Suffolk which seems to have the highest registration numbers of any county. Which is great because, when the confiscations begin, they’ll pay a visit to all those poor dumb bastards first, before they’ll get to me. Thanks guys for sacrificing your rights so that I can keep mine.

  16. avatar Mark Lloyd says:

    What they failed to understand is the mentality of gun owners, particularly those with BSRs. I’d have to say that it’s my belief that people like me, who own a BSR also tend to lean more towards the KISS MY ASS mentality or personality. I know if I was in that same position, disagreed with a law shoved down my throat, I wouldn’t comply either. The numbers speak for themselves. I own a BSR/sporting rifle. If they banned them, I wouldn’t comply. If I was told they had to be registered, kiss my ass, or suck m- di– are the first things that come to mind.
    The answer isn’t no, it’s hell f—— NO!

  17. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Same thing happened in the people’s Republic of California when they passed their first “assault weapon” ban in 1991. “Hey, just register them, we won’t confiscate them. Honest!” They figured a maximum of 10% of the ones in the state were registered. and guess what? they “improved” the law later to make people turn them in or remove them from the state. Of course, none of this applied to me before I escaped the PRCa, because all I owned were antique single-shot rifles. Honest.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      AFAIK, it is still legal to own pre-ban “assault weapons” but they cannot be transferred in state by sale, gift or inheritance. Same with 20 and 30 round mags (although mags may be confiscated now as a “nuisance.”)

      1. avatar Removed_californian says:

        I can vouch for this. Preban is A-okay (as long as you can prove it) and standard cap mags are grandfathered in so long as they were made before 199? I believe.

        But it’s all a matter of compliance and enforcement as well…

        1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          “Preban is A-okay (as long as you can prove it) …”

          And here I thought that government had to produce evidence to bring legal action against anyone. You know, the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing. Oh, who am I kidding. A government that violates our right to keep and bear arms is more than happy to violate several hundred years of jurisprudence and common law.

  18. avatar Patrick Wider says:

    I’m not crazy about where I currently live (St. Louis suburb) as I indicated in another post. But on the positive side, I moved away from Long Island and I’m glad to be free of New York’s high taxes, high prices, traffic jams, newly imported foreigners, and its damn infringing gun laws! New York City and State can go to hell.

    “This year will go down in history for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration, Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future”-
    Adolf Hitler, 1935

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      But at least you have Kreis’! A must stop every night for dinner when I’m in St. Louis.

      1. avatar Patrick Wider says:

        Thanks! Yup, a really great restaurant about a half dozen miles from my home. St. Louis actually has a number of great restaurants on the “Hill” and around town. This is one of them.

      2. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

        We also have Amighetti’s, Imo’s and Blueberry Hill (though I actually like O’Connell’s burgers a bit better).

  19. avatar Fuque says:

    Im Sure Liberal New yorkers are claiming full compliance using those numbers.

  20. avatar TheThingy says:

    What I want to know is, where can I get that nifty all left hand version of the Colt Magpul edition in the pic?

  21. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    This is hilarious. Just give em’the middle finger. I know in a few Illinois towns(like in Homewood,Illinois) they “banned” ar’s. I remember a guy at the flea market trying to sell one. I asked him if the city even knew he had one. Crickets chirping…”it’s against the law!”…I love seeing 2% compliance. Like all the pot-heads quit getting high…

  22. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Was there also a sudden shortage of PVC pipe and end-caps?

  23. avatar Rick K says:

    Over half of those who complied with the registration mandate were: statewide LEOs, FFLs and downstate NYC area counties sheeple.

    In the rest of the state…
    a few registered them as directed
    some sold them out of state
    some made theirs compliant
    and a staggering majority flat out told andy cuomo to shit in a hat.

  24. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if we someday learn that most of those courageously unregistered firearms are owned by police, politicians, state bueaucrats, the rich and famous and well-connected, and most anyone else with but tiny real risk of ever being prosecuted were they to be exposed.

    If there were more than just a few pair of testicles in all of New York, then we wouldn’t regard New York as we do.

  25. avatar Jay W. says:

    I wonder how many left handed shooters were wishing they could buy that rifle on the cover page?

  26. avatar wat says:

    Why are these politicians still breathing?

  27. avatar gsnyder says:

    Paints a fairly clear picture of how successful confiscation would be, not very.

  28. avatar Mike W. says:

    Being a native of Brooklyn, NY [now in Arizona!] – I’m NOT surprised at the numbers ‘registered’ from NYC and Long Island. You HAVE to shoot at a legal range basically ‘down state’ as opposed to being able to just go into the woods ‘upstate’ New York. The chance of “show me your papers” to shoot somewhere is MUCH greater ‘down state’ than ‘up.’

  29. avatar Tommyr says:

    I’m glad but disappointed in Dutchess county’s numbers. SHAME ON YOU.

    I’ll bet there’s a correlation between who voted for who last election and who registered.

  30. avatar Mike says:

    Non compliance with registration doesn’t surprise me at all. As a Canadian we had registration required by law. However the registration numbers were tiny and the government kept extending the deadline because it was politically untenable for them to suddenly turn millions of Canadian voters into criminals. After over 10 years of the law being in effect it was estimated that at best 1/3 of guns had been registered. Gun owners just wouldn’t do it! The law was recently repealed due to non compliance, huge cost for no gain and voter anger. If Canadians refused to register their guns, and they dont have anywhere near the gun culture that exists in the US, then I can absolutely see any gun registration here in the US being an absolute failure due to non compliance.

  31. avatar Silver says:

    Those who registered are no better than those who made the laws.

  32. avatar Patrick Wider says:

    Failure to comply – that’s the solution to most unconstitutional laws now that the SCOTUS has been packed with Obama-like commies.

    “The only guarantee of the Bill of Rights which continues to have any force and effect is the one prohibiting quartering troops on citizens in time of peace. All the rest have been disposed of by judicial interpretation and legislative whittling.”
    H. L. Mencken

  33. avatar Noncompliance says:

    Just moved to N.Y.from New Hampshire. It’s a good thing no guns followed me. Nope, none. I was a little worried they might since I learned the government thinks guns kill people that maybe guns can also walk. Lol

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