By Jessica Chasmar-
NEW YORK, NY. -Gun rights activists gathered Sunday in New York to burn nearly a thousand gun registration forms to protest part of the stateâ€™s SAFE Act.
Protesters gathered at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 in Saratoga Springs to burn the forms that are meant to register guns that meet the stateâ€™s definition of military-style assault weapons, The Post-Star reported.
Organized by the NY2A Grassroots Coalition, the event was meant to urge people not to register their weapons, in hopes that the registry portion of the SAFE Act â€œcollapses under its own weight,â€ NY2A co-founder Jake Palmateer told the newspaper.
â€œWe are opposed to registration because the evidence is clear that registration leads to confiscation,â€ he said.
Police estimate there are several hundred thousand of the firearms owned by residents in the state, while less than 3,000 have been registered.
Mr. Palmateer said the second reason for the event was to begin advocacy efforts for the 2014 election.
â€œMake sure we are putting people in who are pro-civil rights,â€ he said. â€œUltimately, this is a civil rights issue.â€
The SAFE Act infringes on due process rights, the right to privacy and the right to equal protection under the law, Mr. Palmateer told The Post-Star.