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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Assault weapon owners face registration deadline

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ime is almost up for owners of assault-style guns in New York to register them with the state. Tomorrow's deadline was set by the strict gun control law, known as the SAFE Act, passed in January 2013.

The law made buying assault weapons illegal. And it requires registration of assault weapons--guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine--owned before the law came into effect.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

Many gun rights advocates say they fear the SAFE Act is a step toward the government seizing their weapons. And there's concern they'll ignore the deadline in protest.

Some county sheriff departments went public last year with their own concerns about the SAFE Act.

But Chief Deputy John Balloni with the Onondaga County sheriff's office says authorities have to enforce the law, regardless of people's feelings about it.

"We certainly understand their concern," Balloni said, "but we, at the same time, are a law enforcement agency and can't advocate that anyone not abide by the law. And, in fact, we're charged, if we find a violation in the course of something else, with enforcing the law."

Under the law, state police do not have to disclose any information about how many guns have been registered. That agency has declined to comment on the program.

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