A sheriff in Fulton County, New York, is taking on that state’s anti-gun establishment by defying an attempt to have legal handgun owners “recertify” their right to bear arms with the state bureaucracy.
New York adopted the sweeping SAFE Act legislation in 2013 with most of the attention focused on a ban on “assault rifles” and high-capacity clips. But a little-known provision of the bill requires every handgun owner to recertify their permit with the local sheriff or clerk’s office by 2018. The counties are then required to upload the permit information to a statewide digital database that is being created. The process must be repeated every five years.
The state has sent out 500 “invitations” to gun owners in several counties asking them to participate in an early pilot program. They are asked to go online and upload their information on each gun they own.
Sheriff Thomas Lorey of Fulton County volunteered his county to participate in the pilot program, only so he could send a message to the bureaucrats in the state Capitol, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’m asking everyone that gets those invitations to throw them in the garbage because that is where they belong,” Lorey said at a recent meeting with conservative activists. “They go in the garbage because, for 100 years or more, ever since the inception of pistol permits, nobody has ever been required to renew them.”
The state wants to roll out the new online registration database by February, Lorey said.
“I don’t think they’re going to be able to do it,” he said. “Let’s have everybody’s permit expire the same day and let ‘em see what they’re going to do with it.”
Watch video clip of Sheriff Lorey explaining his position below: