A New York gun buyback scheme promoted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman turned into a complete flop after it was protested by Second Amendment activists and netted just 30 firearms in total, some of which were broken BB guns.
Despite Schneiderman best efforts to push the initiative, the program, which offered pre-paid credit cards in return for unwanted or unlicensed firearms with no questions asked, was upstaged by gun advocates.
Residents were told they could turn in their firearms, which would then be destroyed, at VFW Post 478 in Binghamton on Saturday.
However, Second Amendment activists were on scene to inform residents that they could instead sell their guns to a licensed FLL dealer in return for fair value cash and that the weapons would remain in circulation.
“A gun buyback has resulted in the collection of 30 unused or unwanted shotguns, rifles and handguns,” reports the Pall Times.
The report fails to mention what those on the scene witnessed, which was that many of the firearms were in fact broken BB guns and other pellet guns, illustrating how the program is about disarming the general public rather than keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals.
One individual who was working on behalf of the Attorney General seemed irate at the presence of the activists, who accused him of erroneously telling residents they first had to visit the VFW post before being allowed to see the FFL dealer. The man later dropped an f-bomb as he appeared to get into an argument with one of the activists.
The NY Safe Act was described by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the “toughest” gun control law in the United States, but was largely a failure after less than 10 per cent of residents obeyed by registering their assault-style weapons back in April.
Some Sheriffs publicly stated that they would not order their deputies to enforce the law, while Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb derided the Safe Act as “the worst piece of legislation I have seen in my 14 years as a member of the Assembly.”
Protesters against the measure marked the deadline by shredding their registration cards during a demonstration in upstate New York, arguing that the law merely creates a new class of criminals out of responsible gun owners.
The backlash against the NY Safe Act mirrors what happened in Connecticut, where residents were required by law to register high capacity magazines and assault rifles manufactured after 1994, yet just 13% of gun owners complied.