Yesterday was the deadline for residents of New York state to register their “assault weapons” with the state. This is part of the SAFE act, which also prohibits those residents from purchasing semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and features such as pistol grips and telscoping stocks. Those features are putatively ‘military’ in purpose, but have civilian purposes as well.
There is anecdotal evidence that residents are failing to comply. Sound public policy is best supported by the state publicly announcing the number of registrations as soon as is possible. That will allow New York voters an opportunity to determine the effectiveness of the law and whether or not they support its continuation.