Man hands over “weapons” to thunderous booing
April 2, 2014
A SAFE Act protester at the New York state capitol in Albany yesterday was approached by three state troopers and relieved of his weapons: a toy gun and a plywood cutout in the shape of a gun.
A video posted to Youtube shows a man outfitted in colonial attire arguing with officers in front of a puppet effigy of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the politician who signed into law the SAFE Act which, among various other Second Amendment infringements, requires registration and universal background checks on all gun purchases.
Melbourne Sann, a resident of Rome, New York, turned over his “weapons” at the behest of officers to thunderous booing. Sann then asked the crowd if the officers were innocent or guilty, to which they collectively shouted, “Guilty!”
Yesterday, thousands of gun owners and Second Amendment proponents converged at the Empire State Plaza near the capitol building where, the night before, lawmakers had passed the state’s latest budget.
— Dan Howell (@DanByDesign) April 1, 2014
“The rally is just two weeks before the final deadline to register weapons under the New York SAFE Act. By April 15, all semi-automatic assault weapons must be registered, or risk being charged with a misdemeanor,” reports TWC News.
Billionaire Donald Trump, who has been toying with the idea of running for governor, was also in attendance, and affirmed citizens’ “right to keep and bear arms.”
“You have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Trump said. “You have that right and they want to take it away. And they’re taking it away, slowly and surely.”
Several other Constitution-supporting lawmakers – including Assemblyman Stephen McLaughlin, who we reported brought attention on the assembly floor to the fact that Democrats had originally written “confiscation” into the anti-gun bill – were also in attendance.
If police are already treating toy guns as potential dangerous weapons, one can only imagine how they will behave come April 15.